I recently stumbled across the Siine keyboard app for speeding up messaging on a mobile device. Siine is an on-screen keyboard for Android that uses symbols and icons to represent stock phrases, words, sentences, names that you’ll use over and over again. For example, hit the bow-tie icon that says greetings and you spit out a sentence like “Hey, how’s it going.” Set up whatever phrases and greetings you like.
Anyone working in AAC for the past 20 years will recognized the same principal that drives a whole slew of communication software and apps — hit a button once to communicate a lot.
Too bad they didn’t use some decent symbols like Widgit’s.
Just add Siine to the list of dozens of other examples of AT designed to address a necessity — word prediction/completion, voice output, voice recognition, PDA’s etc. etc. — that eventually enters the mainstream as a convenience.