talkAACtive, our new app

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This application has been developed as a winner in the II Call for Grants for Accessible Technologies Projects thanks to the financing provided by Indra and Fundación Universia.

The talkAACtive application allows both young people and adults, with communication difficulties (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, aphasia (agramatism), dysarthria, dyslalia, etc.), to practice and/or self-evaluate their speech and writing using pictograms, thanks to a natural language generation system of your own design, and easily adaptable to the required work environment. In addition, it has the ability to function as a pictographic communicator to facilitate the learning process (communication, writing practice and speaking practice) through a single application. It is available in Spanish and English.

The application uses the Picts of ARASAAC (http://arasaac.org/), created by Sergio Palao and distributed with Creative Commons license (BY-NC-SA), but you can configure it to use other Picts and even real images.

We’ve uploaded this new app talkAACtive to Google Play and our web:

We’ve also uploaded its user manual (in Spanish):

Here you can have a look at several screenshots of the app.

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Survey on videogame use habits among people within the autistic spectrum

We would like to ask for your help. A researcher conducting his doctoral thesis in the Doctoral Program in Creativity and Social and Sustainable Innovation at the University of Vigo is doing an analysis of videogame usage habits by people within the autism spectrum.

One of the first steps he wants to take is to do a small study to find out how people on the autism spectrum interact with video games, what their gaming habits are and their behavior as gamers.

For this, he has developed two completely anonymous surveys: one directed at people within the autistic spectrum and the other directed at their caregivers/parents/guardians. These surveys are a first step in a larger study. The idea is to transfer and apply the result to video game design, so that these can be used both in therapy and education, and in the correct representation of autism within fiction. The final objective is to give visibility and raise awareness among the population.

Users survey

Caregivers/parents/guardians survey

It only takes a couple of minutes. The answers are anonymous and will only be used for this research.

Thank you very much for your help.

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New version of PictoDroid Lite v3.2.2

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We are happy to present the new version 3.2.2 of PictoDroid Lite!

This new version introduces bug fixes.

We’ve uploaded this new PictoDroid Lite version to Google Play and our web:

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New version of PictoDroid Lite v3.1.1

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We are happy to present the new version 3.1.1 of PictoDroid Lite!

This new version introduces fixes in the Pictos manager, that was generating problems to some users.

We’ve uploaded this new PictoDroid Lite version to Google Play and our web:

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New version of PictoDroid Lite v3.1

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We are happy to present the new version 3.1 of PictoDroid Lite!

This new version introduces three new features:

1) Natural Language Generation in Spanish: thanks to this new feature (activated in Menu, Settings, last option of Audio and Language), sentences in accumulative mode will be generated using natural language, taking into account gender, number, person and verb tense. The application must be configured in accumulative mode and the language of the app and synthesizer in Spanish.

2) Side menu on the left: in many devices it was difficult to access the options menu. Now it is available by swiping from the left side of the screen.

3) Swedish language: thanks to the translations of Björn Carnstam, we have this new language in the application.

We’ve uploaded this new PictoDroid Lite version to Google Play and our web:

Here you can have a look at screenshots of the new features of the app.

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New communication board for PictoDroid Lite by ARASAAC

Our fantastic colleges from ARASAAC have developed brand new communication boards for PictoDroid Lite. As they are great experts in Augmentative and Alternative Communication the results are a must if you are working AAC from a speech and language perspective. Of course they are free and you can download them from ARASAAC repository.

Una de las pantallas de los tableros diseñados por ARASAAC para PictoDroid Lite a modo de ejemplo.

Una de las pantallas de los tableros diseñados por ARASAAC para PictoDroid Lite a modo de ejemplo.

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How to access the settings menu

The “Settings” icon (three dots in a line) is always in foreground, that is, it is always visible no matter the interface. Nevertheless some devices (phones and tablets alike), mainly but not solely Samsung, for no known reason, don’t show this button or give access to “Settings” via other physical or virtual button on the device.
The first thing to try is to push the Multi-tasking button (the one generally on the left) a few seconds, and see if “Settings” options appear. If the app disappears either the buttons needs extra pressing time or it is not working. In case of the latter proceed to try the same with the rest of the buttons available, just in case.
Anyway there is an option most interfacer have called “Assistant Menu”. To access that option:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility.
  • Tap on Dexterity and Interaction.
  • Tap on Assistant menu.
  • Toggle the Assistant menu switch to On and configure your settings.

That icon allows to see the basic Android options. One of them is “Settings”, so you can try to access, with the app opened, to access it. If it works (it normally does), you can proceed to customize the app to your taste or needs and then disable (if you prefer it) the “Assistant menu” mode.

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New version of MyGame Memory v.1.0.2

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This new version fixes a small bug when selecting an audio file.

We have uploaded this new version to Google Play and to our web:

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MyGame Puzzle, our new app

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MyGame Puzzle is the fourth application of “MyGame” family. In “MyGame” apps we intend to create cognitive stimulation game generators, so you can create and play these activities but always adapting them to the end user. This application allows you to create two types of puzzles and play to solve them.

This application makes possible to create two types of puzzles ranging from size 2×2 until size 6×5, with the images that the user desire. The app also offers the possibility to set hints in the game and to limit play time. Finally, it also allows some basic gamification by grouping puzzles in complex sets if desired. It is available in Spanish, English, German, French, Italian and Galician.

We’ve uploaded this new app MyGame Puzzle to Google Play and our web:

Here you can have a look at several screenshots of the app.

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SetTime, a new app

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SetTime offers a set of highly configurable time counters for people with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This application is mainly intended for kids and adults with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, but can be used by anyone who wants to have a nice set of counters.

This application allows to create five different types of time counters for kids and adults with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder in order to make them understand the concept of time, i.e. know how much time an activity takes or how much time is left for an activity.

The counters types are: analog, progress, hourglass, bars and tasks. All counters are highly configurable, as well as the aspect appearence of the whole app.

It includes an always-on-screen mode, so the application is always visible. To exit this mode, the user must press simultaneously the volume down button and the left up corner of the screen.

We’ve uploaded this new app SetTime to Google Play and our web:

Here you can have a look at several screenshots of the app.

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