The Home Screen of Talk For me

The Home Screen of Talk For me

Talk For Me is a Text to Speech app designed for Windows 10 devices -- this includes PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Phones, HoloLens, IoT and Xbox One.  You can download it here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrdm04g You can also view tutorial videos on YouTube here.

Talk for Me is an application designed to give those without a voice a voice. It has several sections with tiles designed to help someone string together sentences to better communicate with those around them. It also has a dedicated keyboard function where a person can type in a message and have the computer speak on their behalf.  We have heard from many of our users that have PSP, CBD, ALS, survived strokes or have Autism. 

I started developing Talk For Me to help my father-in-law who was diagnosed with CBD.  He soon started to lose the ability to talk and was forced to communicate using 3x5 cards.  I knew that a computer could help him, but had to find the right combination of input devices to help him.  Windows 8.1 at the time and now Windows 10 was the best platform to support him.  Using Windows I was able to develop an app that properly supported touch, mouse and keyboard, Pen, Eye Gaze technology and other various input devices.  My father-in-law ended up using mostly Keyboard and Mouse.  Since making the app public I have heard from many others that benefit from using Talk For Me and hope that it can continue to help people.

Features:

Text to Speech Designed with large touch points.
Customizable home screen
Customizable sections -- Food, People, Places, Phrases, Entertainment, Sports, Numbers, Medical, and Personal Information
Keyboard and Pen Input
Large On Screen Keyboard
Adjust Rate of Speech Adjust Voice (based on PCs installed voices).
Works great with touch, mouse and keyboard and pen (depending on your device)

Reviews:
"Great app I have a speech impediment. It seems the person who made this has dealt with this impairment personally."

"I use this app daily to communicate. It has aided me greatly and the developer has been very quick to respond to my requests. Thank you."

"This is an amazing app.  Especially since its free!  Thank you for that.   I have als and cannot speak. "

"I have ALS. It took my voice and I have not been able to communicate with my loved ones. I bought an eye gaze device so could access my windows 8 tablet. I found Talk for Me. This app has everything that all the highly priced programs have. it is customizable and very easy to use. Customer service is top notch! I love it! I can finally speak to my family with Talk For Me!"

"My husband has CBD and this app has greatly improved our life. This is the first app we have found that does text to speech, is customizable and the developer responds in a timely fashion. My husband has CBD (PSP+) and uses a Surface 2. He uses the touch screen in combination with a mouse to navigate the app. The mouse helps as his touch accuracy has decreased (due to losing eye muscle control) He will use the tiles or the Keyboard input option. This app has greatly improved our ability to communicate and understand what he needs."

 

 Keyboard Input Screen

Keyboard Input Screen

 Pen input.  Write a phrase, hit Detect, then Talk.

Pen input.  Write a phrase, hit Detect, then Talk.

 Emoji keyboard.  Speak by using Emojis.

Emoji keyboard.  Speak by using Emojis.

 Customize page aka Settings.

Customize page aka Settings.