ClaroCom is an iPad or iPhone App for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). ClaroCom helps to replace speech for those with impairments in the production of spoken language. ClaroCom is suitable for children or adults with some or full literacy, and can assist users who have limited or no speech and language difficulties.
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 is spoken using the human quality in-built voices.
Communicate remotely with ClaroCom Pro. Text in the Message Window can be sent by Message and Mail 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 history is stored of what is typed.
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.
**NEW** Link & chat to iOS device - connect your device to any other device that is also using ClaroCom Pro. You can then chat between the devices using the text that you type or words or phrases that you select. Requires bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
• 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
Use 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.
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.
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.
Flexible phrases 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(s) 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.
Choose from a range of Word Prediction dictionaries.
• High-Quality Voices
Along with the iOS system voices, 2 high-quality Nuance Vocalizer voices are included:
◆ Daniel - English (UK)
◆ Serena - English (UK)
The voice can be made to speak faster or slower you suit your needs. The voice is installed within ClaroCom, so will work when not online and does not use up any expensive data allowance.
Additional Nuance Expressive and Acapela voices in other accents are available through in-app purchase in ClaroCom.
• 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.
• Personalise information
ClaroCom can be personalised to suit your individual needs, basic personal information is easily added and will appear in Phrases. ClaroCom Pro can be personalised by setting your name, so many phrases will detect and use it, saving time.
For the latest news, tips and advice follow @ClaroComApp on Twitter.
Minor bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
This is awesome!
I'm a part-time AAC user - this is my backup voice. I would be confident using this full time.
This is a really good system. The phrases that are pre- loaded are set up assuming that you are going to be interacting with the world. Everything from ordering coffee to banking to chatting to friends. The categories can be edited in this version, which works great for additional phrases that you want ready to go. It's good to get a word-based system - if you work mainly in words, some of the symbol based setups can be overloading. This works really well for me, and I'm going to be recommending it to others.
It assumes that you are a competent adult, can be used professionally, and might make a huge difference for a lot of people.
It would be nice to have more customisable voice options in future, but it's pretty good as it is.
Updated review 27th August: It's now possible to purchase additional voices within the app! Super-cool! I now sound a bit more like "me" when using it! Yay!
Updated again: It’s now behaving perfectly, just as before. It’s even remembered all my settings and phrases, no re-programming required! It just needed to catch up with the updates, and is now ready to go! It’s a great boost in confidence when I’m out traveling around and doing stuff to know that if I need to switch to AAC, it’s there, ready to use, and it covers everything I need. Have continued to recommend this to everyone.
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- Claro Software Limited
- 105.1 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this application.
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2013 Claro Software Ltd
- In-App Purchases
- Oliver £1.99
- Rachel £1.99
- Peter £1.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.