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PORTABLE, DYNAMIC DISPLAY COMMUNICATION DEVICES: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

Presenter
Janet Lehr M.S., CCC-SLP
273 Michener Court West, Severna Park, MD 21146
Phone: 410-975-0723
Email: jlehr@erols.com

Selecting a portable, dynamic display speech-generating device (SGD) should be a methodical process. In order to understand features available in the top fifteen, devices currently on the market, we have provided three tables of information. Devices compared are dynamic and weigh less than four pounds.

At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

  1. Table 1: Locate manufactures and SGD's
  2. Table II: Differentiate major features of SGD's through "at a glance" comparison
  3. Table III: Categorize fifteen portable SGD's by Medicare K codes

We will also discuss device features that may effect language production.

1. Locate manufactures and SGD's:

Locating small dynamic speech generating devices is only a click away. The following table provides address, Website and phone contact information. Many companies advertise device support, ordering information and a variety of informations relevant to their products. Links to other interests in the field of Alternative augmentative communication (AAC) are also often available.

Table I: Manufactures and Contact Information

Manufacturers Contact Information
Dynavox Systems
(DSI)2100 Wharton Street #400
Pittsburg, PA15203
www.dynavoxsys.com
800-344-1778
Great Talking Box Company(Great TB)
2245 Fortune Drive Suite A
San Jose, California 95131
www.greattalkingbox.com
408-456-0133
Enkidu Research, Inc.
247 Pine Hill Road
Spencerport, NY 14559
www.enkidu.net
800-297-9750
Gus Communications Inc
1006 Lonetree Court
Bellingham, WA 98226
www.gusinc.com
360-715-8580
Prentke Romich Company
1022 Heyl Road
Wooster, Ohio 44691
www.prentrom.com
800-262-1984
Saltillo Corporation
2143 Township Road#112
Millersburg, Ohio 44654
www.saltillo.com
877-397-0178
Zygo Industries
PO Box 1008
Portland, OR 97207
www.zygo-usa.com
800-234-6006

2. Differentiate major features of SGD's through "at a glance" comparison:

When choosing a SGD for a particular client, it is often difficult to compare the many features available.

Table II: Devices at a Glance, compares major features.

Device Price Screen Size & Weight Color or Black & White Screen Type Text to Speech, WordPredict(WP) Digitized (time if available) Vocab. Programs
Dynamo(DS) $1,995 7.25" x 6.5" x 2(device)1.8 lbs. Black & white Sunlight readable Transflective with backlight no Yes 25 minutes 3,300 Dynasyms
Dynamite(DS) $6,395 6.5" diagonal 3.2 lbs. Color Active matrix Yes WP, yes (optional) Yes Gateway Gateway 54 Gateway Junior Version 1 or 2
Tablet Portable Impact D(Enkidu) $4,995 6.2" by 4.6" 2 lbs. Color, Sunlight readable display is optional VGA screen Yes WP yes (optional) Yes 40 minutes (or more) Add on-Word Power or Velocity
Palmtop Portable Impact D(Enkidu) $3,995 2.3" by 3.0" Just over 1 pound Color Info. not available Yes WP yes Yes 40 minutes Ships with starter set of 150 PCS symbols
E-TALK CS 8400(Great TB) $4,699 8.4" 3.5 lbs. Color Hi brightness TFT with wide viewing angle Yes DEC Yes 32 minutes (or more) Ships with PCS-3,600 symbols, Vocab +(add on)
E-TALK CS 6400(Great TB) $3,499 6.4" 3.4 lbs. Color Hi brightness TFT, wide view angle Yes DEC Yes 32minutes PCS-3,600 symbols, Vocab +
E-TALK CS-5500 (Great TB) $1,899 5.5" 2.2 lbs. Black and white Transflective monochrome backlight Yes DEC Yes 32 minutes PCS-3,600 symbols, Vocab +
Vantage (PRC) $6,495 8.4" 3 lbs.5 oz. Color Active matrix Yes DEC Yes WP Yes 15 min. Unity Word Core
Springboard (PRC) $2,095 7.5" Color Passive matrix No Yes One hour Unity, 4/8/15 Vocabulary starter sets
Pocket Communicator (GUS) $1,895 7 ounces Color "Screen is clearly visible indoors or outdoors" Yes DEC Yes 60 min. hi-quality, 480 min Easy Talk for Pocket PC's
Communicator 600 (GUS)(FujitsuWin' 98) $4989 GUS,$5409 SD Pro and Board-Maker,$5999. Dynavox for Win '98 ($5189 to $6,529) 8.4"2.7 lbs. Color "Brightness enhanced TFT color LCD works well outdoors as well as indoors" Activematrix Yes MicroSoft Speech Synthesizer, DEC is $195, Yes WP Yes Unlimited GUS, or SD Pro and Board-makeror Dynavox for Windows
Communicator 3500(GUS)(Fujitsu Win' 98) $5189. GUS, $5609 SD Pro and BoardMaker, $6199 Dynavox for Windows, ($5189 to $6,529) 10.4" 3 lbs. Color Activematrix Yes MicroSoft Speech Synthesizer, DEC is $195, Yes WP Yes Unlimited GUS, or SD Pro and Board-makeror Dynavox for Windows
Chat PC(Saltillo) $1,895 Hand held: 3.9" by 6" overall size, 17 ounces color Info. not available Yes DEC Yes One hour Vocab PCAnd 3,000 PCS symbols
Dialect(Zygo)(Dedicated) $6,475 8.4" diagonal 3.7 lbs. color Active matrix Yes DEC yes Version: A Winspeakor Version B Windbag and HandsOFF!

Table II: Devices at a Glance, compares major features. Cont.

Device Multiple Access Computer Access Environmental Control Battery type & life Printing Options Back upSoftware Computer Programable
Dynamo(DS) Yes No Yes 12 hours No No Info. not available
Dynamite(DS) Yes Yes Yes NiMH 5 hours Yes Yes $99.00 Yes
Tablet Portable Impact D(Enkidu) Yes Info. not available Info. not available Lithium ion 6-8 hours Info. not available Yes Yes PC Editor
Palmtop Portable Impact D(Enkidu) Yes(add on) Info. not available Info. not available Lithium ion 5-8 hours Info. not available Info. not available Yes PC Editor
E-TALK CS 8400(Great TB) Yes No No Lithium ion Info. not available Yes Info. not available
E-TALK CS 6400(Great TB) Yes No No Lithium ion Info. not available Yes Info. not available
E-TALK CS-5500 (Great TB) Yes No No Lithium ion Info. not available Yes Info. not available
Vantage (PRC) Yes Yes Yes Lithium Ion 6-8 hours Yes Yes No
Springboard (PRC) Yes No No Lithium I6-8 hours on No Yes No
Pocket Communicator (GUS) Info. not available Info. not available Info. not available 5 hoursv Info. not available Info. not available Yes($25)
Communicator 600 (GUS)(FujitsuWin' 98) Yes Info. not available Must purchase as add on TASH Lithium Ion5 hours Info. not available Info. not available Yes
Communicator 3500(GUS)(Fujitsu Win' 98) Yes Info. not available Must purchase as add on TASH Lithium Ion 5 hours Info. not avail Info. not avail Yes
Chat PC(Saltillo) No Info.not available Info.not available Lithium ion Info.not available Info.not available Yes PC Editor
Dialect(Zygo)(Dedicated) Yes No $350.00 additional charge Lithium Ion Up to 4 hours Info. not available Info. not available Info. not available
Optimist II(Zygo)(Computer:Win '98) $5,995 8.5" diagonal 3.7 lbs. color Active matrix Yes DEC yes None
Optimist II(Zygo)(Computer:Win '98) Yes Built on computer platform $350.00 additional charge Lithium ion Up to 4 hours Info. not available Info. not available Info. not available

3. Categorize SGD's by Medicare K codes:

Medicare reimburses for "speech generating devices (SGD's). Medicare "K" codes are used to categorize groups of devices or equipment that have similar characteristics. The fifteen portable dynamic devices being compared and contrasted in this presentation, fall into the following two Medicare "K" codes.

Table III: SGD Medicare Codes and Features

Medicare Device Code K0542 KO544
Company and Device Dynavox Systems:
Dynamo
Prentke Romich Company:
Springboard
Dynavox Systems:
Dynamite
Enkidu:
Tablet Portable IMPACT-D
Palmtop Portable IMPACT-D
Great Talking Box:
E-TALK:
CS 8400
CS 6400
CS 5500
GUS:
Pocket Communicator
Communicator 600
Communicator 3500
PRC:
Vantage
Saltillo:
Chat PC
Zygo:
Optimist II
Dialect
Speech Output Digitized Synthesized
Message Type Prerecorded>8 minutes Message formulation
Message Formulation Technique SpellingPages/Levels Spelling and other methods
Access Method Multiple methods Multiple methods

The following device features may affect language development and production.

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