2nd June, 2015

ClaroCom

ClaroCom Free and ClaroCom Pro are designed for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), available on iOS for iPad or iPhone. An AAC app helps to replace speech or assist writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.

ClaroCom has an easy-to-use user interface that is appropriate for users who face challenges with social communication. ClaroCom helps AAC users to communicate with people outside their family in a variety of social situations.

ClaroCom Pro adds more powerful editing, privacy and communication features to the high-quality speech, user-editable phrases, and word prediction found in ClaroCom Free.

App Store Links

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ClaroCom Overview Video

App Features

Writing

Type into the Message Window using the on-screen keyboard. Press the Speak button to have text in the Message Window spoken. ClaroCom can also speak each word as it is typed or inserted into the Message Window.

Text in the Message Window can be spoken using the in-built human quality voices. Communicate remotely with ClaroCom Pro. Text in the Message Window can be sent by iMessage and email, and sent to Facebook and Twitter, as well as copied into other apps.

Use the built in Word Prediction and Phrase Prediction to speed up writing.

Create text using the phrase banks to find a phrase. ClaroCom is loaded with some standard phrases. More phrases can be added and any new phrases that are typed can be stored and used again.

Rotate or flip the iOS device and ClaroCom Pro will shows only the message to be communicated in large text the correct way up, perfect when communicating privately. Tipping the iPhone or iPad back reverts the screen back to normal.

Word Prediction

ClaroCom Word Prediction

ClaroCom has built in Word Prediction when typing into the Message Window. ClaroCom’s Word Prediction takes account of word frequency and previous words. There is an initial Word Prediction list loaded on startup, and ClaroCom can learn new words as they are typed if desired.

Phrase Prediction

ClaroCom has the option of Phrase Prediction when typing into the Message Window. The phrases are loaded from the contents of the visible categories and ClaroCom stores new phrases that are typed or added. The predicted phrases appear on a Phrase bar above the keyboard. Phrases can be easily searched for, and bulk phrases can be easily added.

ClaroCom Phrases

Prediction works with acronyms, so as ‘awn’ is typed, ‘Are We Nearly There Yet?’ appears instantly. This is a very fast way to build up and learn a collection of phrases rapidly.

Speak a predicted word or phrase immediately with a ‘touch and hold’ instead of composing into a message – another faster way to get speech out.

A swipe brings up more phrases and words that can be easily scanned through.

Phrases can include fillable prompts so ClaroCom will know, when the ‘I would like ___’ phrase is selected, that immediately the user will be asked for the word to complete the phrase.

With ClaroCom Pro phrases and words can be easily imported from files to quickly build complex phrase vocabularies from existing text resources, including files transferred via iTunes.

High-Quality Voices

2 high-quality Nuance Vocalizer voices are included in the Pro UK editions:

  • Daniel – English (UK)
  • Serena – English (UK)

The voice can be made to speak faster or slower as suits the user. The voice is installed within ClaroCom, so will work when not online and do not use up any expensive data allowance.

Additional voices in other accents are available through in-app purchase in ClaroCom. (A full list of available voice can be found at the end of this page.)

Font and Colour

Change the font size, colour or use a more-readable font to maximise ease-of-reading, making ClaroCom easily adaptable to different users’ needs.

Personal Information

ClaroCom can be personalised to suit individual users, basic personal information is easily added and will appear in Phrases. ClaroCom Pro can be personalised by setting the users name and many phrases will pick it up and use it, saving time.

Voices/languages available by in-app purchase in ClaroCom Pro:

  • English (Australia)
  • English (India)
  • English (Ireland)
  • English (Scotland)
  • English (South Africa)
  • English (UK)
  • English (USA)

ClaroCom Comparison Chart

Can’t decide which app would best suit you? Check out our comparison chart below to help you decide.


App Features

High quality installed voices

Text-to-Speech

Prediction

Phrase banks

Prediction learns new words

Standard prediction dictionary

Communicate with iMessage and email

Additional voices available via in-app purchase

Add new phrases in bulk

Pinch/flip gestures

Customise colours

Personalise phrases

Create new categories

Large prediction dictionary

Post to Facebook and Twitter

ClaroCom Free

Free

0 (uses system voices)

ClaroCom Pro

£16.99

2

Buy

ClaroCom Support

ClaroCom Help File (Word Doc)

ClaroCom Reviews

“I have really enjoyed working with the app, and am very impressed with it.

I especially like the split screen which makes it very easy to move quickly between categories and phrases. Not having to click a ‘Back’ button to go back and look for a new category all the time sure makes continued conversation easier and reduces the delay in finding appropriate responses.

Editing and adding are so simple, especially compared to other apps I have reviewed. The fill-in-the-blank option is one of my favorite options! It saves so much time, as well as space within all the phrase lists!

You have certainly met the need of an increasing number of individuals who are professionals but are losing their voice to medical issues. Your app maintains their professionalism and identity, and enables them to continue conversations easily. Thank you for understanding the needs of these individuals and providing a easy to use app that maintains their dignity!”

– Molly Hanson, (Assistive Technology Specialist, US)

“We have found ClaroCom to be particularly useful for a patient of ours who has a type of dementia that is common with MND (ALS). About 15% of MND (ALS) patients develop a frontotemporal lobe dementia, which can often manifest itself by losing the ability to spell and to find the right word from memory. The layout of ClaroCom has been particularly helpful to this gentleman.”

– Bob Bestow, (Head of Direct Services, MND Scotland)

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