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Speech assistance device for use by those who may be non-verbal.

It has 128 keys, each with and LED that will light up when the key is activated. It also features a keyguard - a plastic overlay that outlines each key. Underneath this user's keyboard overlay and guard is what is called the Toolbox - an alternative keyboard layout for managing the device. This features a full qwerty keyboard and the typical Windows function keys.

The Pathfinder uses a patented vocabulary-coding method called Minspeak to help the user communicate. Minspeak is a means of coding vocabulary to a small set of icons that are rich in meaning. Minspeak's use of icons taps into a person's natural tendency to associate multiple meanings to pictures. This allows for and promotes independent, effective communication.

Along the back it features an earphone socket, external spear socket, serial port, memory door (contains PCMCIA card holding Pathfinder software), multi-switch connector, and two sockets labelled A & B for switches. Also there is the speaker grille and IR transmitting window.

The bottom has a wheelchair/table stand mounting plate, a handle, a built-in table stand, and carry strap holders.

The left side has an expansion port, battery charger port, and battery door. The right side has the IR receiving window.

Manufacturer: Prentke Romich Company
Date: 2001

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