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Portable Impact Dynamic Display Communication Devices. By Enkidu Research. To cover today …. Portable Impact Devices – what are they? Accessories Windows CE Computers – what are they? Tour of standard Portable Impact “configurations” WordPower and Velocity for the Tablet

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Portable ImpactDynamic DisplayCommunicationDevices

By Enkidu Research


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To cover today …

  • Portable Impact Devices – what are they?

  • Accessories

  • Windows CE Computers – what are they?

  • Tour of standard Portable Impact “configurations”

  • WordPower and Velocity for the Tablet

  • Customising the standard configurations

  • Building your own configurations from scratch

  • PC Editor – why would you use it?

  • A few basics on batteries and stuff!


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A Portable Impact Device is:

A Windows CE Portable computer

PLUS

Portable Impact Software on portable computer

PLUS

Carry case and speaker

PLUS

Portable Impact PC editor on a desktop orlaptop computer (optional)

PLUS

Optional Accessories


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  • Tablet

  • Palmtop

  • Palmtop with Body Armour

  • Handheld


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Tablet

$8,900 to $11,200

Handheld

From $7500

Palmtop

$5999 to $6600

Palmtop with Body Armour

$6900 to $7500


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Accessories

  • Switch Interface

  • Keyboards

  • PCS symbols software (with extra memory for more recording time)

  • Extra software for Tablet

    (WordPower or Velocity)

  • Mounting plates


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Loans from Spectronics

  • $100 per week

  • Maximum of a four week loan

  • Refund of loan costs if borrower goes on to buy the device


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Strengths in a nutshell

  • Price

  • Battery Life (5 to 8 hours typical use4.5 to 5 hours continuous use)

  • Easy-to-use display design software

  • Use PCS symbols, your own images, text or all three

  • PC-based Editor for quick display creation and for device backups

  • Access to full Windows computingNo need to swap from communication device to computer – it’s all in one!


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Weaknesses

  • Switch access needs external switch box

    (but can set up a screen tap as a switch press)

  • Require an external speaker for social settings

  • No environmental control

  • Poor screen readability outdoors


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Windows CE Computers

What are they?

Essentially a cutdown version of Windows – specifically designed to take far less power to run


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Casio Palmtop

  • Microsoft Office (Pocket Version)

    • Pocket Word

    • Pocket Excel

    • Pocket Outlook

    • Internet Explorer

  • External Modem available

  • Ebook Reader

  • MPEG Player

  • ActivSync for sharing of files with a desktop/laptop computer


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Fujitsu PenCentra Tablet

  • Microsoft Office (Pocket Version)

    • Pocket Word

    • Pocket Excel

    • Pocket Powerpoint

    • Pocket Access

    • Pocket Outlook

    • Internet Explorer

  • Internal Modem

  • Calligrapher

  • ActivSync for sharing of files with a desktop/laptop computer


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NEC Handheld

  • Microsoft Office (Pocket Version)

    • Pocket Word

    • Pocket Excel

    • Pocket Powerpoint

    • Pocket Access

    • Pocket Outlook

    • Internet Explorer

  • Internal Modem

  • ActivSync for sharing of files with a desktop/laptop computer


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Portable Impact Software

10 Standard Configurations

With slight differences between

Tablet, Handheld and Palmtop

Customisable Configurations

Modify existing configurations or build your own from scratch


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Standard Configuration: Symbol-BaseA simple symbol-based system


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Standard Configuration: Alpha-listAlphabet layout matrix with word prediction


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Standard Configuration: Qwerty-ListQWERTY Keyboard with word prediction list


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Standard Configuration: Direct-listMatrix optimised for direct selectionwith word prediction list


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Standard Configuration: Scan-ListMatrix optimised for scanningwith word prediction list


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Standard Configuration: ListWord Prediction List with Editing Buttons


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Standard Configuration: Scan-CharMatrix optimised for scanningwith character prediction list


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Standard Configuration: Ambig-WordAmbiguous onscreen keypad with character-level disambiguation


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Standard Configuration: Ambig-WordAmbiguous onscreen keypad with word-level disambiguation


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Standard Configuration: WriteThe Text Editor with Editing Buttons


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Portable Impact Software

Extra Configurations Available for the Tablet only

  • Velocity

  • WordPower

  • Picture WordPower coming soon


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Optional Extra Configuration: Velocity

For primary school aged symbol users


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Optional Extra Configuration: WordPowerFor text usersSimilar to Dynavox, Liberator and Pathfinder versions


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Optional Extra Configuration: Picture WordPowerComing next year for the Tablet


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Access Options

NB No switch access to mainstream programs on the computer


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Dedicated Device Mode:

When operating as a dedicated-device,you will not have have access to anyother programs or the Windows CEControl Panel.

Also can add in password protected full-screen mode


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Portable Impact Software

More about the PC Editor and why you would use it


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Portable Impact Software

Batteries and

other important stuff!


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  • Keep devices charging whenever not in use. Batteries drain over a few weeks even when the device is turned off. Main battery drains in a few days – backup batteries drain over 1 to 2 weeks.

  • The devices are run on lithium ion batteries which cannot be “overcharged” and do not need to be fully flattened before recharging.


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But …if batteries go flat, over a few weeks even when the device is turned off. you do not lose:

  • Portable Impact Software

  • Custom Configurations

  • Text files

  • Dictionary entries

  • Pronunciation exceptions

  • Abbreviation expansions


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  • Rechargeable speaker batteries from mid-2002


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Hot tips … after purchase.

  • Read the Portable Impact Manual and the manual for your Windows CE Computer!

  • Remember on-screen context sensitive help

  • Visit ActivSync and Portable Computer websites for help with transferring data between computers

  • Join Enkidu Research’s Portable Impact Listserver for on-line tech supporthttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/enkinews/


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