Talara-32 Digital Recording Device
The Talara-32 is a simple communication aid that records human voice and other sounds for playback. Simply record messages and play them back. Need to re-record?—just do it—the Talara-32 adjusts its memory automatically. It is an electronic communication device with four levels, direct and switch scanning access and flexible size key patterns making it easily customizable for both children and adults with wide ranging abilities and needs. It is similar in many respects to the popular ZYGO MACAW, however the Talara is simpler and some of the more sophisticated functions of the Macaw are not available in the Talara — to make a more straightforward device where you don't need to pay for features you won't be using.
The Talara has 2 modes:
PLAY — this mode is for the user. The messages are selected and spoken when the user selects a key either by pressing it directly, or by using a switch with scanning. The messages are usually represented with a paper overlay, which may display pictures, photos, graphics or words.
RECORD — this mode is for the support people who will be setting up the device for the user. this mode the support person can set the size of the keys and record the messages. Some characteristics are changed using controls on the side of the unit (i.e., scan speed and scanning mode).
The main features of the Talara-32 are:
- It's simple, versatile, and light weight
- The hinged, magnetic overlay retainer makes overlay exchange easy.
- Enlarged key patterns: the number and size of keys can be readily changed.
- Adjust settings to suit people with varying visual, physical and cognitive abilities.
- Change key patterns to meet the development and needs of the user.
- All levels must have the same key-pattern.
- There is 45 minutes of available recording time.
- There is no restriction on the amount of recording time per key.
|Keys||4 x 8 pattern, 2.9 cm (1-1/8 in) square, 3.2 cm (1-1/4 in) between centers|
|Keyboard size||11.5 x 7.75 inches (29.2 cm W x 19.7 cm H)|
|Weight||1.75 lbs (0.8 kg)|
|Levels||4 - user selectable>|
|Maximum number of messages||127 (4 levels of 32, less one)|
|Keyboard Force Required||4 oz (114 gr)|
|Keyguards||Optional, magnetic, hinged for easy overlay insertion and are available for each of the standard key patterns|
|Enlarged-key patterns||1 x 2, 1 x 4, 2 x 2, 2 x 4, 4 x 4|
|Overlay protection||A transparent hinged keyboard cover to protect overlays|
|User accessible functions||Volume control and level changes|
|Ergonomic Wedge Shape||Wedge shape, with the front height being 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) and the back height being 2.5 inches (6.4 cm)|
|Speaker||7.6 cm (3 in) internal permanent magnet speaker|
|Scanning||Visual modes for single switch access: manual-linear & inverse / automatic linear / row-column|
|Mounting||Threaded holes on bottom|
|Battery Pack||Removeable battery pack.|
|Power||4 x AA alkaline cells|