Smartbox – Alpha Core is here!

 

Alpha Core is here!

Smartbox has got a new text-based vocabulary in Grid! Alpha Core is designed to help people with changing physical abilities to communicate, such as those with ALS.  You’ll find seven different keyboards to choose from – each offering quick access to prediction, built-in apps and a range of useful topics and phrases. 

Built to meet your changing needs

Alpha Core offers a range of ways to help you communicate as your physical abilities change – with quick access to prediction and phrases, alongside a keyboard of your choice.

Who is Alpha Core for?

Alpha Core is designed for people with physical needs that may change over time, such as those with ALS or MND. Some people might start out using a touch screen and then find it more accurate to switch to eye gaze.

Alpha Core will support you however your access method changes, enabling you to swap to a more accessible layout without losing any phrases you’ve added or personal changes you’ve made to the vocabulary.

 

Key features

  • Seven different keyboard layouts
  • Supports people with changing physical needs
  • Rapid sentence building
  • Quick access to phrases and useful topics
  • Easy to edit and personalise
  • Simple to use accessible apps
  • Suitable for all access methods
  • Available on Windows and iPad
  • Based on 20+ years clinical experience in ALS
  • Paper-based version available

Choose a keyboard to suit your needs

There are seven different keyboard layouts to choose from. Each keyboard gives you quick access to everything you need, pre-stored topic words and phrases, prediction and chat history to speed up your rate of communication.

You’ll find different keyboards suited to different access methods from the QWERTY standard which is ideal for touchscreen users, to the frequency scanning keyboard optimised for switch users or a 2-Hit keyboard for people who have difficulty hitting smaller targets. You can read more about the different keyboards and who they’re for in our Getting Started guide.

Core Word keyboard

The Core Word keyboard provides you with the most commonly used words alongside a QWERTY keyboard, where you can spell out words that aren’t listed. They are arranged alphabetically and grouped by colour to make them easier to find.

QWERTY Keyboards

 

 

QWERTY Standard is a basic keyboard with word prediction and chat history in the two rows above the letter keys. The + icon gives you access to more features including Editing, Mute, and an attention alert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

QWERTY Large Cell has bigger cells than the standard QWERTY keyboard. The row of prediction cells above the keyboard also doubles up as your chat history. This is a good keyboard for eye gaze users and people who like larger cells.

 

 

 

 

 

Frequency Scanning

The Frequency Scanning keyboard is arranged by letters that appear most frequently in the first 1-2 characters of a word. The most common letters are in the top left of the keyboard, where they are quickest to reach.

 

 

 

 

 

Split Frequency

The Split Frequency keyboard has 28 cells on the screen and is split across two grids, with the most commonly used letters appearing on the first grid, and less frequently used letters on the second grid.

 

 

 

 

2-Hit keyboard

The 2-Hit keyboard has 12 extra large cells. This keyboard has a reduced number of apps and doesn’t include topic grids, however when you switch to this layout you will still be able to find all the topic phrases in your chat history

 

 

 

 

 

AEIOU Large Cell keyboard

The AEIOU Large Cell keyboard has larger cells than QWERTY Large Cell. Word prediction appears in a vertical column down the side of the keyboard, which you can also use to switch to chat history.

 

 

Useful topics and readymade phrases

You’ll find a wide range of pre-stored phrases organised by topics, covering everyday topics such as greetings and household requests, as well as topics that are relevant to people with physical difficulties, such as comfort and positioning or diet and eating strategies.

There’s also an emphasis on general and medical needs. This vocabulary is easily personalised, as you can add your own words and phrases, and quickly remove those that aren’t relevant to you.

Accessible apps

Alpha Core also comes with a selection of accessible apps for sending emails, text messages, browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, message banking and Computer control for accessing Windows.

Browsing the web

The Alpha Core web browser allows you to access the internet and browse content with easy access controls.

Photos & Camera

The Photos & Camera grid lets you take pictures in Alpha Core with any camera attached to your device as well as access quick chat phrases.

Contacts

The contacts list is used by both the Email and SMS grids to make sending messages quick and easy. You can find your contact list in both the Email and SMS grids.

 

Message Banking

Message Banking makes it possible for people with declining physical abilities to record messages, so if they lose their ability to speak, they can use the recordings.

Documents

The document editor allows you to create and save your messages and longer pieces of text so that they can be recalled later.

YouTube

Browse online videos and watch them inside Alpha Core. Use the top row of arrows to navigate YouTube and the Enter/Play cell to select videos and options.

 

SMS messaging

SMS in Alpha Core lets you send and receive text messages from your Android smart phone. You can write quick messages, reply, send alerts and more.

Computer control

With Computer control you have access to Windows applications, with a control overlay that allows you to click, drag, type and more.

Email

Email The email grid of Alpha Core allows you to read and reply to emails, and send new emails to people in your Contacts list.

Alexa

The Alexa grid is setup with commands to control the various functions of your device. You can also add your own messages to ask Alexa to do want you want.
   

Created by Amy Roman (MS, CCC-SLP)

Alpha Core was developed by Speech and Language Pathologist Amy Roman, and is based on over 20 years of clinical Experience in the field of ALS. She has spent many years adapting communication solutions for people with ALS and other conditions that impact speech.

Alpha Core was built with the input of adults with ALS, their families and therapists.

 

Click here for more information on Smartbox Alpha Core

2019-07-17T08:35:51-05:00