Intuitive, easy to use communication aid for text-to-speech users
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Polyana 4 is an “off-the-shelf” handheld PC that has been modified to perform as a functional voice output communication device. It runs Persona, a program which enables typed text to be spoken out loud, together with a phrase bank (chat box) for quick retrieval of whole messages. With DECtalk speaking the messages through the modified and improved speakers, the volume is loud and clear.
- 21.6cm daylight readable TFT SVGA 800 × 600 colour touch screen display
- full support for scanning and switch Access
- Persona text-based communication software
- DECtalk speech synthesis engine for clear synthesised speech
- optimised amplifier and speaker
- small and lightweight
- long battery life (8+ hours)
- folding carry-handle / stability stand for ease of carrying and access
Printing to standard full-size PC printers can be achieved through the USB, infra-red or Bluetooth connection – ideal for secondary or tertiary students.
Persona AAC Software
Persona is a text-based communication program specifically for literate users who need to talk, yet have other computer requirements – like writing and printing long documents. Access to the program is by the keyboard, the touch screen and by switches through the on-screen keyboard. Input speed is increased and enhanced with word completion, word prediction, abbreviation/expansion, phrase retrieval and DECtalk speech synthesis.
Persona Word Prediction
The word prediction LEARNS your words and predicts them according to your word patterns and usage. This is very effective for speed enhancement especially when scanning. The default font is yellow on a blue background, however font and background colour and size can be changed to suit individual preferences. This is how the program appears when text is typed using the keyboard.
Scanning and Switch Access
Persona software, specific to this unit, also offers a scanning array which permits a person using a single switch to access the stored messages or chat box to convert text to DECtalk speech. Various scanning arrays may be selected, for example, alphabetical, optimised (frequency of Use) or QWERTY. Alternatively a scan array can be customised. The switch jack is built right into the rear of the Polyana 4 unit.
Click here to see screenshots of Persona and Polyana 4.
For a brief comparison of the Polyana 4 and the Polyana 3 click here.
The Polyana 4 is available in two versions:
- Polyana 4 Standard
This version is supplied with mainstream Pocket PC (or PC Companion) software installed, for example: MS Wordpad, SpreadCE, Pocket On-Schedule, Media Player, calculator and various Microsoft viewers, Word, Excel, PDF, Image, PowerPoint, etc.
Note: There are limitations to direct printing from the Polyana. Printing from Persona is limited by the printer drivers Persona uses. Persona includes drivers for the Extech portable printer, the Sipix A6 printer and the Canon BJC-85. These are all infra-red printers that use the IR port to transfer data to the printer. If printing from the other pre-installed programs, the operating system offers compatibility with PCL (printer control [or command] language) printers. The easiest way to print documents generated on the Polyana is to transfer the document to a USB memory stick or a compact flash card, then print it on a regular computer with a printer attached.
- Polyana 4 Dedicated
The Dedicated version is a dedicated Speech Generating Device that meets the requirements of various medical assistance agencies and access to the Windows CE programs is denied.
The Polyana 4 is supplied complete with:
- Persona and Windows CE applications pre-installed (Windows CE applications not available with Dedicated version)
- carry bag with neck strap
- accessory pouch
- raincoat (keyboard glove) with large text key labels
- mains charger
- one Lolly switch
- PC connect cable (not available on Dedicated version)
- mini to full size USB host port adaptor cable
- user’s guide and quick set-up flyer
Ex-demo units come with 3 month warranty.
Caution: The Polyana 4 is not suitable for people or situations where it may be dropped or receive very “rough” use.
Polyana 4 Specifications
|Display||backlit 21.6 cm (8.5”) diagonal colour TFT Active Matrix LCD
800 × 600 SVGA resolution
Built-in touch screen
|Audio||Audio amplifier/speaker base-pack with volume control|
|Interfaces||USB (Mini Type-A Connector, adaptor for standard USB supplied), microphone/earphone jack, IrDA (Infrared) port, VGA port (output), built-in switch jack, compact flash card slot, PCMCIA card slot, MMC/SD card/SDIO slot, RS232 serial connector|
|Power||Lithium-ion battery pack, DC input;
8+ hours operation; charges in 3 to 4 hours
|Dimensions||Size: 23.5 × 18.4 × 6.76 cm (9.25 × 7.25 × 2.66”)
Weight: 1.32 kg (2.9 lbs)
Information about the Psion-Teklogix NETBOOK PRO Windows CE handheld PC on which the Polyana 4 is based.
- NETBOOK PRO brochure: Smarter working on the move – (pdf 162 KB)
- NETBOOK PRO brochure: Combines the virtues of a laptop and PDA – (pdf 196 KB)
- NETBOOK PRO brochure: NETBOOK PRO Compatibility Matrix – (pdf 14 KB)
Polyana 4 is targeted at the following age ranges:
- All Ages
Polyana 4 is designed to foster development in the areas of:
Users can access Polyana 4 in the following ways:
- Single Switch
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and technical support visit:
With the closure of the Spectronics New Zealand office in Auckland on 27th June 2013, no further purchase orders can be fulfilled through this website. A range of New Zealand-based resellers, however, will be able to assist you with your order. Please visit the following link for details of the most appropriate reseller for the technologies you wish to purchase.