xcode 8 beta WatchOS 3

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Brad Searle
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xcode 8 beta WatchOS 3

I didn't see any updates that would allow text-to-speech yet for third party developers, but I'm wondering if you all are thinking of using any alternative solutions to allow audio in the watch app?

https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/content/releasenotes/Gene...

Displaying the text of a button IS helpful in some cases, but even if text-to-speech isn't available yet on the watch, is it possible to play the button audio back through the phone where you have access to text-to-speech?

David - AssistiveWare
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Brad, thank you for your

Brad, thank you for your question. We will be looking into the new possibilities of watchOS 3 in the coming months. I do have some questions for you:

1. How are you currently using the Apple Watch with Proloquo2Go or Proloquo4Text at present? Which of these apps are you using?

2. Why do you expect audio output to really make a difference (the speaker of the Watch is not very loud)?

3. If the Apple Watch is used to communicate because the iPhone is in a pocket or bag then speaker output on the iPhone will probably be hard to hear. But perhaps you have a different scenario in mind?

Bill Huff
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Hi David, perhaps I can chime

Hi David, perhaps I can chime in here... my son is a nonverbal 6 year old. He has taken to Proloquo2Go for basic speech, but he's a kid of convenience who would rather "say" nothing than go across the room for his iPad. Because of this, Apple Watch makes sense, because it's instantly accessible with little danger of getting a larger device like an iPad or iPod caught on something on the playground while at play.

Audio on the watch isn't shout-level loud, but if it's loud enough to carry on a phone call I'd think it should be adequate for person-to-person AAC with Proloquo2Go,

WatchOS 3 seems to provide the Text to Speech APIs that were missing in the previous versions, which would make speech coming from the watch possible. If that isn't possible, then the iPhone/iPod would have to be in a pocket in order to be heard. If playing music on the iPhone at full volume is any indication of how loud iPhone is, it would seem to me that an iPhone in a pocket should provide sufficient output while in close proximity.

Hope this helps? I would be happy to discuss further.

David - AssistiveWare
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Hi Bill,

Hi Bill,

Thanks for chiming in. Is your son currently using an Apple Watch with Proloquo2Go, or are you thinking about it?

You are correct that WatchOS 3 supports TTS for third party apps. We are looking into this for a future release of Proloquo2Go.

david.

Bill Huff
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Hi David,

Hi David,

I actually bought an Apple Watch just to test out Proloquo2Go with it. I had the intention of giving it to my son if it functioned similarly to an iPad/iPod device (if it spoke). I was disappointed when I discovered that Proloquo2Go could only be shown to others using the watch.

Looking forward to a future version! Thank you for the reply.

-Bill

David - AssistiveWare
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Bill,

Bill,

I understand your disappointment and I hope that once we do add audio support it will meet your needs.

david

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