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.
What is Smart Key Technology™?
Smart Keys is an add-on feature for REACH Interface Author. Smart Keys also is a built-in feature for the new "Sounds Like" - Spell, Write™ program.
Let's say you want to type the word "friend". First, you type the letter 'f'. REACH then removes all letters
that don't follow an initial 'f'. In this example, many letters are removed! Type the letter 'r' and your keyboard now only shows
letters that follow 'fr', and so on…
Smart Keys makes typing easier because there is less clutter on the keyboard and targets are easier to find. Moreover, if you're scanning then Smart Keys can help even more because REACH doesn't waste your time by offering you letters that don't make sense.
REACH with Smart Keys
As you can see from the above example, Smart Keys can make a big difference in how you type.
Reduce Eye Fatigue
One of the reasons Smart Keys makes typing easier is that it makes it easier to find the letter you're after - because there are fewer to sort through. With Smart Keys it is almost impossible to misspell a word! The reason is that Smart Keys removes all the letters that don't follow any word that is in the dictionary.
Smart Keys Helps with Spelling
Smart Keys can help people with spelling difficulties by reducing the number of letters available to only those which are reasonable given the letters that already have been typed.
Smart Keys Helps with Targeting
Our users who use head trackers have reported that they love Smart Keys because it helps them with accuracy. This is because when Smart Keys removes keys, it creates dead space around the remaining keys - one of which is the correct key. If they aim at the correct key and miss it, the click can land on the dead space instead of another key - which would have been a wrong key if Smart Keys hadn't removed it. That would have produced a typing error that they then would have to correct by clicking on the Backspace key.
REACH with Smart Keys: the Scanning Advantage
Scanning is a terribly slow method for entering text, but because of physical mobility issues, it often is the only option some users have. With Smart Keys, users can improve their typing rate, and anything that can improve the typing rate is worth considering.
Improve Typing Rate
Scanning involves using a method where the computer highlights a row or block of keys and then continues to advance
through the keyboard offering another row or block. The user typically operates a simple switch to select the row or block of keys
that contains the target letter. Next, the computer proceeds to highlight each key in that row, one at a time until the user operates the same switch to select the letter to be typed.
This is where Smart Keys saves time, by eliminating the unlikely keys, Smart Keys can drastically improve a user's typing rate. In a research study conducted by Applied Human Factors, typing rate was found to increase 41% when using Smart Keys.