The Cyrano Communicator is a direct selection and keyboard communicator designed for use by individuals with communication or speech disabilities. This communicator operates like a pocket PC, allowing the user to access picture- based or text-based communication. Users can customize images, text, and sound to suit a particular message. The Cyrano Shorthand interface allows the user to type a message which is then spoken in one of five different voice personalities. The communicator has the capacity to save and store hundreds of commonly used words, phrases and abbreviations. The picture based communication system uses symbols that are included with the system or pictures taken using an embedded camera. Features include a color touch screen, an SD card slot with a 256 megabyte (MB) SD card, a 1.3 megapixel embedded camera, five voice personalities, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi network compatibility. The communicator comes with a plastic storage case, leather belt holster, and cradle for charging and connecting to a computer.