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Proloquo2go: iPhone App Gives Speech Impaired a Voice

by Paul Strauss

The iPhone app store is loaded up with tens of thousands of apps ranging from video games, to GPS software to fart apps. But here’s an application that can actually change lives. Proloquo2Go is an amazing iPhone and iPod Touch app that helps people with speech impairments communicate wherever they go.


Created by AssistiveWare, Proloquo2Go provides users who have difficulties speaking with a mobile text-to-speech system (known as an augmentative and alternative communication, or AAC solution) which allows individuals to quickly verbalize thoughts by pressing on icons on the iPhone’s touchscreen. The system is loaded with a vocabulary of over 7000 words and phrases, and provides an easy-to-use visual interface for finding words.


Proloquo2go features a human-sounding text-to-speech (TTS) engine which provides North American male, female, boy and girl voices. You can also download an update which allows these voices to be swapped out for British ones. There’s also a simple TTS typing interface if you want (and are able) to type words. You can even retrieve recently used phrases at any time and play them back without having to recreate them over and over again. This is a really thoughtful touch.

While many of you might think $189.99 (USD) is a lot to pay for an app, I can only imagine what a bargain that might seem like if I had difficulty speaking. Especially knowing that traditional AAC devices cost thousands of dollars and are a huge pain to lug around. It’s nice to know that our fun and disposable gadgets can occasionally serve a meaningful purpose. Kudos to AssistiveWare for making a difference.

You can find Proloquo2Go on the iTunes App Store.

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Comments (6):

  1. Youjustlostthegame says:

    Awesome Lol at how the video was made though.

  2. Ariel says:

    I was going to buy this to talk to this girl who is hearing impaired, but wtf, cost is way to high, I would pay at most £10 for an app like this…

    • technabob says:

      Well clearly she doesn’t mean that much to you ;)

    • jordan says:

      Um…. the app is for SPEECH impaired people, not hearing impaired. Imagine your mother in a hospital bed after having tonsils out. How can she talk to you the next day? This would be the kind of thing hospitals and nursing homes need on hand. As well, of course, for permanently speech impaired or disabled people (like those who’ve had a laryngectomy). I’d rather use an iPhone than a buzz box on my neck!

  3. Mick says:

    I have some experiences with text to speech software programs, I recommend Panopreter Plus (http://www.panopreter.com) to Windows 7 or vista users, for it’s simple to use and affordable.

  4. Ian says:

    The current best text to speech software is Text Speaker. It has customizable pronunciation, reads anything on your screen, and it even has talking reminders. It is great for learning languages as it highlights the words as they are being read. The bundled voices are well priced and sound very human. Voices are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and more. Easily converts blogs, email, e-books, and more to MP3 or for listening instantly.

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