REACH is not only an on-screen keyboard but a tool chest, loaded with features to help you write, access information, communicate, access the Internet, learn, and and dynamically interact with others as easy and efficiently as possible.
REACH also has add-ons that enhance its already amazing capabilities. Read more...
Communicating with family and friends is easy with REACH. REACH speaks as you type or after you're finished typing. You can highlight text virtually anywhere on the screen and have it read back to you.
What's more, you can use REACH's new Smart Speech add-on to use the ultimate in augmentative communication.
Using REACH's on-screen keyboards, you can use Twitter®, Facebook®, blog, email, or instant messaging!
Using current social media tools is easier with REACH and can help you stay connected with friends and family!
REACH is adaptive technology. REACH adapts to how you use the mouse or pointer. Can't click? Do you tend to make extra clicks? No problem, REACH can help!
REACH can help you click by using a feature called Dwell. Or, you can filter out unwanted clicks and reduce missed targets by using our ClickAssist.
REACH comes with many keyboard layouts including some game keyboards. In addition, you can customize almost every REACH keyboard or make your own.
REACH makes customization quick and easy with Hot Authoring. In addition, the keyboard authoring tool in REACH allows you to customize keyboards for the ultimate in personalization.
There are so many REACH features to learn about. REACH's comprehensive set of features means you don't have to buy multiple products to meet your assistive technology needs.
REACH's newest add-on feature is Smart Speech. This product includes a set of special keyboards and dictionaries that are targeted for users who need a comprehensive speech augmentation system. By utilizing Smart Lists technology, Smart Speech can deliver an unprecedented number speech options quickly, reducing the number of clicks to create conversational sentences. REACH Smart Speech also can be used as a writing tool, because you can type your sentences into any word processor, spreadsheet, email, etc.
REACH's add-on features can help you become more efficient and productive. Most of these optional add-ons were developed through research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Our research led to these innovative solutions which increase typing speed and accuracy, and for most of these options, we have data showing their effectiveness.
Hot Authoring Makes Customization a Snap!
Just right click on any key and you launch the Hot Authoring screen.
With Hot Authoring you can change the color of one key or all the keys on the keyboard.
Let's go for an example:
You've found a keyboard that you really like and you want to make it a high-contrast keyboard for a low-vision user.
No problem! Just right click on any key. On the resulting Hot Authoring screen select "Change this key or all key's Color or Label Size." You then will see another screen which lets you choose whether to apply your color choice to all keys or only the key you right clicked on. After you indicate all the keys, choose the color you want and you're done! Because it is a keyboard for someone with low vision, you also might want to use Hot Authoring to increase the size of the labels on all the keys.
Hot Authoring Personalizes
Many people prefer having a more personalized and fun kind of keyboarding system. For example, perhaps you would like pictures of a loved-one on a key, and when you click on the key it would say "Hello honey how are you?" This can be done easily with Hot Authoring (provided you already have the picture you want).
Make Your Own REACH Keyboards!
In addition, to being able to easily customize existing keyboards, you can design your own from scratch or using one of our keyboard templates. Below is an example, a keyboard being designed in the REACH Keyboard Author design tool.
REACH allows you to design your own keyboards using the REACH Keyboard Author tool.
To the left you can see an advanced example of what can be done to design keyboards.
Not only can you make interesting keyboards, you can make them functional too.
- Set the color, font and size of key.
- Give keys actions or macros to perform when clicked.
- Define what is spoken when pointed at and pressed.
- Assign macros to perform Windows functions or REACH functions.
- With your imagination the possibilities are endless!