Friday, February 11, 2011

tap to talk 

this computer program is a CHEAP version of Augmentative Communication Software that is going to open up the doors for many kids, but Paige may need a more personalized version because of her low vision, AND, she needs some type of keyboard software, that has not been designed for all I am aware, for a low vision person to say exactly what is on their mind, painstaking as that may be for her.  Maybe I push too hard. Hopefully, she will not get too frustrated, and the program will not be too touch sensitized.  I dream of it being large enough that she ould use her hands to choose, being about the size of a playing card. for her to see it at 14 inches.

I saw a LARGE HP touchscreen on Craigslist.  It had a built in printer for pictures.  I remember the day Miss Judy took Paige around and had her shoot pictures in the school.  She was so excited, and one of the pictures she took was of a large palm plant, and it was "artsy-fartsy" I had to put it on my desktop!  She absolutely loved it!

I don't know.  It's been years since I have seen Paige, but I do keep up with her mama.  I feel so bad I could not help her the year I was her teacher.  And nobody else has tried.  Turning a radio on and off with a jelly switch is not the same as an accessible education, and the ability to communicate.  For most people, it's just too hard to even think about, but for me, it's a challenge.  Paige taught me that it is not shameful to need others..

I"m putting the picture from Craigslist on here, so I won't forget what it looks like. 


Something similar from Amazon, with specs. Product Description

The new HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC is the first all-in-one PC based on Microsoft Windows Vista. It provides a full-featured desktop PC with an integrated touch-enabled 19-inch diagonal widescreen BrightView LCD. It's designed to fit wherever life happens: in the kitchen, family room, or living room. With one touch you can check the weather, download your e-mail, or watch your favorite TV show. It offers a bevy of special software features to make your computing life a breeze. HP SmartCenter provides one-touch access to your customizable page of quick links and favorite applications, while the HP SmartCalendar allows you to quickly and easily maintain your family's schedule, manage events, and leave personal written messages. HP Photosmart Touch enables you to upload, manage, edit, and print your digital photos, and an integrated printer station with convenient ports lets you connect a compatible Photosmart portable printer.

The built-in TV tuner (providing both standard NTSC and high-def ATSC transmission) and personal video recorder (PVR) let you watch, pause, rewind, and record live television--perfect for watching cooking shows in the kitchen or keeping up with your favorite series. Use the included remote control or touch screen to quickly and easily access music, movies, photos, TV shows, or radio programs. It's powered by the 64-bit 1.6 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52 processor (with 1 MB L2 cache), which allows you to easily run multiple programs without slowing down your productivity. Other features include a 320 GB hard drive, 2 GB or installed RAM (4 GB maximum), multi-format/dual-layer LightScribe DVD drive, tri-mode wireless networking (802.11a/b/g), Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, 1.3-megapixel Webcam with built-in array microphone, and the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 graphics card with 256MB video memory.

This PC also comes preinstalled with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, which includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center. In addition to easily playing your DVD movies and managing your digital audio library, you'll be able to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV). Vista also integrates new search tools throughout the operating system, includes new parental control features, and offers new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures.

The Basics

Processor: The 1.6 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52 processor offers a dual-core architecture, which delivers additional computing resources to help expand your PC's capabilities by providing higher throughput and simultaneous computing--increasing your performance by up to 80 percent. You'll be able to perform multiple tasks such as digital rendering and gaming all while running virus scan or other background tasks seamlessly thanks to the innovative Direct Connect Architecture. And it's designed to handle simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing with no degradation in performance. You'll enjoy long battery life thanks to the AMD PowerNow! power management technology, which delivers performance on demand and can extend system battery life up to 65 percent. And the AMD Digital Media XPress technology delivers stellar multimedia performance and playback on digital entertainment such as games, streaming video and audio, DVDs, and music.

Each processing core has a 512 KB L2 cache (for a 1 MB total), and this processor can deliver up to a 1600 MHz system bus for lightning quick computing reflexes. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)

Hard Drive: The extra-large 320 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive (7200 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video. This SATA hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to FireWire and USB 2.0.

A built-in drive bay fits an optional HP Personal Media Drive (PMD), for up to 500 GB of additional storage that you can carry away with you when you go (PMD not included).

Memory: The 2 GB of installed RAM (PC4200, 2 x 1 GB, 533 MHz) is a start, but you'll want to add more RAM to handle today's demanding multimedia and gaming software. This desktop has a 4 GB maximum RAM capacity (4 x 1 GB), perfect for high-def video and 3-D gaming.

DVD/CD Drive: This multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with writing both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features 4x DVD-R DL Write Once, 6x DVD+R DL Write Once, 8x DVD+R, 8x DVD+RW, 8x DVD-R, 6x DVD-RW, 5x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD-ROM, 24x CD-R, 24x CD-RW, and 24x CD-ROM speeds.

This LightScribe DVD+/-RW drive lets you laser-etch silkscreen quality text and images on to CDs and DVDs . Your software, PC and discs work together for a no-hassle way to burn just the labels you want. After you burn content, just flip the disc over, reinsert and burn your label--anything from a simple title to a full-disc work of art.

Keyboard & Mouse: This TouchSmart PC comes with an HP Low-profile Wireless Keyboard with hide-away bay and numeric keypad as well as an HP Wireless laser mouse.

Screen, Video & Audio

The touch-enabled 19-inch widescreen BrightView LCD offers height/tilt adjustment for optimal viewing. It offers a native resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels, a contrast ratio of 850:1, brightness rating up to 300 nits, and a quick response time of 5 ms (milliseconds). The screen also has a vertical viewing angle of 160 degrees, horizontal viewing angle of 170 degrees, and a 16:10 aspect ratio.

Video is powered by the Nvidia GeForce 7600 graphics card, which was chosen by PC World magazine as one of the 100 Best Products of 2006 (July, 2006). It has 256 MB of video RAM. It features NVidia's PureVideo technology--which provides great picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for video content. It also offers full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and true high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting. And it's ready for the next step in graphics processing--SLI technology (Scalable Link Interface)--which delivers twice the performance of a single GPU configuration by allowing two graphics cards to run in parallel. The integrated audio card is configurable to 6-speaker surround sound, and it can provide two-channel audio via its integrated 12-watt speakers.

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion

The Intel PRO wireless LAN 3945ABG provides a tri-mode network connection (supporting 802.11a/b/g), with throughput up to 54 Mbps at 5 GHz (802.11a) and 2.4 GHz (802.11g). This TouchSmart PC also offers ultra-fast Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000). It also includes the following I/O ports

Front accessible ports: two USB, one 4-pin FireWire (1394), one headphone jack, S-Video, Audio (L/R)

Side accessible ports: Coaxial TV connection(s), S-Video, Audio (L/R), Coaxial FM

Rear accessible ports: four USB, one 6-pin 1394, RJ-45, Audio out (support 2.1 or 5.1 channel), 5.1 Digital audio out, mini-VGA, IR out, DC Power connector for HP Photosmart printer

8-in-1 memory card reader: Compact Flash I, Compact Flash II, IBM Microdrive, Secure Digital (SD), MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, xD

Operating System

Windows Vista Home Premium is the operating system for users with advanced computer needs, and it includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center for watching DVD movies and accessing your digital audio library. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. It is also easier than ever to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect via Wi-Fi.

Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.

Preloaded Software

Includes Microsoft Works 8, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2007 (with 60 days of Live Update), Roxio Creator, Muvee autoProducer (for creating professional-looking home videos and burning to DVD), HP Photosmart Touch.

Dimensions & Weight

The TouchSmart measures 18.88 x 21.77 x 11.37 inches and it weighs 38 pounds.

What's in the Box

This package contains the HP TouchSmart IQ770 desktop PC, keyboard, mouse, remote control, IR receiver, and power cord. It is backed by a limited warranty for parts and labor for one year from date of purchase as well as technical telephone assistance for one year. Software is also covered for 90 days from date of purchase.

Product Description

HP TouchSmart IQ770 Personal Desktop. The HP TouchSmart PC is a full featured desktop PC with an integrated touch enabled 19 Inch diagonal widescreen BrightView LCD. The product introduces the touch experience to desktop computing and provides fast, easy access to information, communication, and entertainment. It is designed to fit wherever life happens, in the kitchen, family room, or living room. With one touch you can check the weather, check your email, or watch your favorite show. It is your life at your fingertips. The HP TouchSmart PC also provides one touch entertainment options, including digital photos, radio, TV, movies, digital music, and the Web. Enjoy dazzling images on the 19 Inch diagonal widescreen BrightView LCD. Pre installed security software helps protect you from viruses, spam, spyware, and other online threats, right out of the box. The highly anticipated release of the Windows Vista Home Premium operating system marks the start of a new era in computing comfort and confidence for consumers. In addition to innovations in security, reliability, and organizing and finding information, users will find that the the HP TouchSmart PC includes all the necessary hardware to enjoy the full Windows Vista Home Premium experience, including the new Windows Aero user interface and Flip 3D. These intuitive tools and impressive graphics make personal computing more manageable and visually appealing. The space saving, clutter free design of the HP TouchSmart PC fits almost anywhere in your home. Its keyboard and mouse are wireless. Its display is integrated with the PC base. Simply connect a few cables power, network, and cable TV and your HP TouchSmart PC is ready to use.

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