New Communication Devices Convert Text and Symbols Into Speech - World Premier at ATIA

    BOSTON, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Tobii ATI announced its U.S. launch of the Tobii
C8 and C12, two new communication devices that give individuals with
communication disabilities voice and a way to live more fulfilled, integrated
and independent lives.
    Being able to speak is something that most people take for granted.
However, some of us are born with Cerebral Palsy, have ALS/MND or may have
acquired a disability through an injury or a stroke-all of which can impair
our ability to speak.
    Tobii ATI is releasing two brand new alternative and augmentative
communication (AAC) devices - the Tobii C8 and the Tobii C12 - that help
individuals with speech impairments communicate by converting text and symbols
into speech.
    "The launch of the Tobii C8 and C12 is a proud moment for us. We have
taken what we have learned from our successful MiniMercs, Mercuries, and
MyTobii P10s and paired that with the market's requests for a lighter, more
reliable and energy efficient device. The result is a communication platform
that will help many remarkable individuals to live more fulfilled, integrated
and independent lives," says Jane Walerud, Business Area Manager of Assistive
Technologies at Swedish Tobii Technology AB.
    Both models are modular, meaning that they can be tuned to the changing
needs of the user in terms of software applications and input methods.

    Turns text and symbols into speech and more...

    The Tobii C8 is an eight-inch device that generates speech from text and
symbols. It can be operated by the built-in touch screen, a switch, a head
mouse, as well as a regular keyboard and mouse. Integral infrared control also
makes it possible to control a stereo or TV, switch lights on and off, and

    Add eye-control

    The Tobii C12 is a twelve-inch device suitable for individuals who need
larger symbols or more screen space. It supports the same input methods as the
smaller Tobii C8, but also has an additional module that supports eye control.
This makes it an ideal solution for those who can't use a regular keyboard.

    World premiere at ATIA

    The Tobii C8 and C12 will be showcased at ATIA, Orlando. So will:

    -   Lightwriter(R) SL40, a text-to-speech device

    -   A new version of Tobii Communicator 4.3

    -   The brand new SymbolMate for creating paper based communication pages

    -   The brand new Tobii Sono Suite, which consists of Sono Key, Sono
        Scribe and Sono Lexis; content applications that help people
        communicate more easily and effectively

    Tobii Technology

    Tobii Technology is the market leader in hardware and software solutions
For eye tracking and eye control. The products are used within the scientific
community, in commercial market research and usability studies, as well as by
disabled people as a means to communicate.


For further information:

For further information: Jane Walerud, Business Area Manager, Mobile
+46-(0)709-72-52-75, Email; Tara Rudnicki, CEO, Tobii
ATI, Mobile (508) 254-2782, Email;

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