ChatPC-Silk is a direct selection communicator designed for use by individuals with communication or speech disabilities. This portable dynamic touchscreen device allows hundreds of communication pages to be linked together to meet an individual’s communication needs for home, school, work and other situations in his/her life. The unit comes preinstalled with PalmChat, a generative, core word vocabulary, as well as other vocabulary files and page sets. Vocabulary can be added, and the size, color, background, symbol, font, label, message and action of each button can be customized. Photos and other graphic symbols can be added. The unit comes with Loquendo, NeoSpeech, and DECtalk speech synthesizers. Loquendo provides speech synthesis in U.S. English, UK English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Canadian French, American Spanish, or Portuguese. NeoSpeech is only available in American English, but has a natural and easy-to-understand voice. DecTalk features a classic synthetic voice. All speech options offer both male and female voices, and DecTalk includes a child voice as well. Three models are available. The Standard model is for individuals who primarily use symbols for communication; it includes keyboard pages for spelling, but does not include other text-based capabilities. The Plus and Dedicated Plus models are intended for individuals with existing or emerging literacy skills; in addition to all of the features of the Standard model, the Plus and Dedicated Plus models include word prediction, abbreviation expansion, and the ability to load, edit, and save text files. All models are based on a PocketPC computer, and Standard and Plus models are capable of running Pocket PC applications; however, in order to meet guideline for Medicare and Medicaid, the Dedicated Plus model can only be used as a communication device and does not run Pocket PC applications. The unit has an amplified speaker and comes with a protective rubber case. The Dedicated Plus model comes with a carrying case. POWER: Uses rechargeable lithium-ion battery. DIMENSIONS: 3.25 x 5.6 x 1.6 inches with protective case; 2.95 x 5.25 x 1.4 inches without case. The unit has a 4-inch screen (diagonal). WEIGHT: 9 ounces (12.5 ounces with protective case). WARRANTY: 1-year warranty on the Standard and Plus models and 3 years (Dedicated Plus model).