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As my bio mentions, Cerebral Palsy denied me the power of speech. Yet, one of life's first lessons I had to learn was that verbal communication is one of the tools that makes the difference between just existing and actually being a member of society. Harsh but true. How eloquent we are often plays a big role in deciding our future. I quickly found the current crop of augmentative communication software to be lacking in flexibility, reliability, speech quality, vocabulary, or inter-operability with other programs. Fortunately, being a professional software developer put me in a position to do something about those problems.

Xpress-It uses the Eloquence speech engine developed by Eloquent Technology Inc. for the Department of Defense. This all-software synthesizer produces very high quality speech that even total strangers understand. Xpress-It is a text-to-speech system with the following features:

  • Practically unlimited vocabulary (max. database size: 2GB)

  • Automatic entry of new words into vocabulary

  • Programmable pronunciations

  • Word prediction based on the user's previous history

  • Customizable voices

  • Built-in voice control language

  • Complete compatibility with Windows 98 or higher

  • Modest system performance impact 

  • No additional hardware needed, just sound support and speakers

While I've used various versions personally for over five years,  this is the first public release of Xpress-It. The price is a very competitive $850.

For more information on Xpress-It, please click  here.

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