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Lasered Pics Assistive Technologies

TouchChat

$39.95

TouchChat

$39.95
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Product Description

Keyguard for TouchChat WordPower, MultiChat, VocabPC, Gateway, Talk-About AAC, and any other TouchChat vocabulary that contains a grid of uniform columns and rows.  Select the options as you have set them in your TouchChat settings. You may also select to have the openings cut as rectangles, squares, or circles.

App Settings and Options

This keyguard supports different designs based on user settings and preferences.  Each of these affects the positioning of items on the screen, and thus the design of the keyguard itself.  Your Lasered Pics keyguard will be truly custom-designed to match every one of the choices you make for the end user.

Version - If you're using a standard TouchChat layout like WordPower without alteration, select the layout here.  If your layout is not listed, or if you've changed the number of rows or columns, choose "Other Grid".

Rows and Columns - If you chose "Other Grid" as your version, specify the rows and columns here.

Keyguard Inset - In the Page Size section, near the top of the Settings screen.  Your version of the app may not have this setting.  In that case, answer "No".  When on, this setting causes extra whitespace at the top and bottom of the screen.  It was designed for use with the ChatWrap keyguards, and is unnecessary for our keyguards when the case leaves room at the top and bottom of the screen.  However, it does make the keyguard stronger if you have a case that exposes only the viewable part of the screen.  For those cases, such as the AMDI iAdapter, GoNow Rugged, Griffin Survivor, Otterbox Defender, or any of the rigid foam cases with little room above and below, we recommend turning Keyguard Inset on.  If your case has an opening much taller than the viewable screen, like the Big Grips or Gripcase, you should leave keyguard inset off.  Failure to provide enough room means we will have to put a vertical reinforcing bar (or two) in the middle of the speech display.

Speech Display - The first setting in the Speech Display Bar section.  Select "Open (Visible)" if you want to show the text and/or icons at the top of the screen as the user types.  Don't be confused by the double-negative in the setting name.  Hide Speech Display off means it's open!  

The following three settings, also found in the Speech Display Bar section, only apply if the speech display is open.

Show Icons - If this setting is on, icons will be displayed above the text in the speech display.  Note:  If the number of lines (below) is greater than 1, the Show Icons setting goes away.

Font Size - Choose whatever you have for this setting.  If you specify a font size other than what you have in the settings, the keyguard won't fit.

Number of Lines - Select how many lines of text you want the user to be able to type in a single "sentence".

Openings for Menu and Vocab buttons - This is not a LAMP setting.  Just indicate if you want openings over these two buttons in the green bar, Vocab, Menu, Neither or Both.  If they're not open, you will not be able to use them without removing the keyguard or rotating the iPad.

Cell Openings - If you choose circles or squares, there will be extra space between the cells in one direction.  This helps some students to differentiate the cells.  Note that on layouts with nearly-square cells, there's no difference between rectangles and squares.  If you choose squares or rectangles, do not choose colored acrylic, as some information will be covered by the keyguard.

Material - The default material is 1/8" impact-modified PMMA resin.  This is denser than common acrylics like Plexiglass and Perspex, and will sustain much higher impacts without breaking, though it is still able to be broken by bending.  Colored acrylics are standard PMMA.  In general, the colored acrylics are best for apps that provide space between the cells, and should be avoided on apps that don't provide any space between the cells.  3/16" and 1/4" acrylics are standard PMMA.  They are much more rigid than the 1/8" due to their extra thickness, and they provide more depth to help the user avoid accidental touches.  Polycarbonate is the strongest material, being virtually unbreakable, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.  Allow one extra week for polycarbonate.

Polycarbonate is highly recommended on TouchChat layouts of less than 30 cells due to the thinness of the bars separating the cells.  Colored acrylic is not recommended for this keyguard because of the crowding of the cells.

Important Notes About Cases and Mounting - You Must Read This Before Ordering

* Keyguards do not attach permanently to the iPad or the case, but are mounted with non-destructive attachments. Please click here for information regarding specific cases, including available attachment options. It is important that your keyguard is ordered to fit the case you have, or plan to use

** The attachment methods are described briefly below with a list of some of the supported cases. Click here for information about specific cases.

Suction Cups - Four small suction cups raise the keyguard 3/16" above the screen and hold it securely.  Supported cases include no case, Big Grips Frame, Big Grips Lift, ChatWrap, Gripcase, M-Edge Super Shell.  May work on other foam-type cases when the softare allows room to place the cups, but not supported on rigid cases with small screen openings.  NOT SUPPORTED on any case that claims to be waterproof, because the suction cups will interfere with the watertight seal. NOT SUPPORTED on AbleNet Trident, GoNow Rugged, Griffin Survivor, Otterbox Defender.

Attached Straps - Keyguard lies 1/8 - 1/4" above screen to minimize accidental touches.  Good for heavy droolers.  All cases are supported except Big Grips Lift and Big Grips Frame, because the thickness of the foam holds the keyguard too high off the screen.  We have heard of people attaching the straps first and then inserting the whole assembly into the case, but we don't recommend that.

Flush-Mounted Straps - Keyguard lies flat on or barely above the screen.  All cases are supported except Big Grips Lift and Big Grips Frame.

Snap-In Bottom Flange - Slips under edge of case to secure without any external hardware.  See it described here.  May require partial disassembly of case to install the first time.  This is a semi-permanent mount and cannot be easily swapped in an out on rigid cases.  Supported cases include AMDI iAdapter, Armorbox Kido, Beetle, Big Grips, ChatWrap, Fintie Kiddie, GoNow, Griffin Survivor, Gripcase, Gumdrop Bounce Skin, Gumdrop Drop Tech, Gumdrop Foam Tech, Gumdrop Hideaway, HDE Shock Proof, KaysCase KidBox, Kidz Cover, Lifeproof NUUD and Fre, Otterbox Defender, Trident, Ultimate II.  Note:  The snap-in attachment will interfere with the seal on cases that claim to be waterproof.  Your iPad will be damaged if you wash it or submerge it.

Top Flange - An additional top flange is attached to the keyguard for mounting with Velcro™.  Supported cases include AMDI iAdapter, GoNow Rugged, GoNow Sleek, Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, Otterbox Defender.  Also works with suction cup tape on the iAdapter.  This is the best method to use if you want to add and remove the keyguard easily and/or often.  

*** Top Flange with Magnets - This special version of the top flange attachment contains magnets in the corners to securely hold the keyguard in place and make it simple to remove.  Ideal for users who need to switch keyguards often.  The only supported cases at this time are the AMDI iAdapter and the GoNow Rugged.  Do not order this attachment if you have any other case.

How to Determine Which iPad You Have

On the back of your iPad there's a very tiny model number that looks something like "A1538".  Do a Web search for that, like "iPad A1538".  If the iPad is in a case, or the lettering is too small to read, go to the Settings app General settings and find the Model number, which is really a part number that looks something like "ML0N2LL/A".  Do a Web search for that.  Once you know which iPad you have, select it from the "Device" pulldown menu above.

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