What is Talks and Zooms?

What is Talks and Zooms?
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Nuance TALKS™ converts the display text of a cellular handset into highly intelligible speech, making the device completely accessible for blind and visually impaired people. Nuance TALKS runs on Symbian-powered mobile phones to speech-enable contact names, callerID, text messages, help files and other screen content. Zooms magnifies the cellular handset in from 1 up to


Running on Symbian™ Series 60 phones, Nuance TALKS converts the displayed text on the mobile handset into highly intelligible speech. With Nuance TALKS, blind and low-vision users can take advantage of most features, including contact directories, caller ID, text messages, help files, access to the Nokia web browser, and other screen content, available on their mobile phones. Plus, Nuance TALKS Premium Edition provides a user dictionary the ability to label icons with a corresponding text equivalent, as well as the new Object Viewer, to improve access to built-in as well as 3rd-party applications.

Nuance TALKS' eyes-free access can also deliver greater convenience and mobility to sighted cellular handset users. For example, it enables drivers to access text messages, listen to emails, manage contact information from their mobile phones and optionally automates the read-out of the caller ID and text messages-without taking their eyes off the road.

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Target Customers

    * Blind persons and those with severe visual impairments
    * Low-vision and seniors (combined with Nuance ZOOMS™)
    * Users with needs for eyes-free operation of handset

New Features for Nuance TALKS Standard and Premium Edition

    * Automatic caller ID announcement
          o The caller ID for incoming calls can be announced after a specified number of seconds.
          o If caller ID announcement is on, the caller ID can be repeated with a specified interval, until a call is taken or rejected.
    * Automatic SMS read-out
          o Read-out of incoming text messages can be turned on or off.
          o When text message read-out is on:
                + Incoming text messages are automatically opened and read-out.
                + After the read-out, a dialogue asks whether the read-out should be repeated.
    * Application-Specific Settings
          o User can Define a set of options to be different for any specific application.
          o Default are global settings.
Key Features

    * Unprecedented Feature/Function Accessibility
          o Audio feedback when writing or reading text messages, emails, and notes
          o Automatic or manual Caller ID announcement
          o Network, battery, and other status indicators read out
    * Spelling speed setting
      Allows the user to define different speech rates for normal read-out and spelling text.
    * Various options for reading numbers
      Numbers longer than four digits can now be read as single digits, double digits, or whole numbers.
    * Echo mode
      An independent setting allows the user to turn on a special key echo mode for those who like to use the T9 dictionary when entering text.
    * Echo Passwords mode
      Allows the user to hear the letters entered into a password field.
    * TALKS Key Timeout and TALKS Mode Timeout
      Allows the user to set a timeout for cases where the TALKS key is pressed accidentally, and allow to repeat a command or even execute different commands without Pressing the TALKS key again.
    * Hear caller ID information
      Adds speech output to the original user interface of the cell phone.
    * Software only
      No additional hardware is needed.
    * Voice Familiarity for Increased User Comfort
      Nuance TALKS leverages ETI-Eloquence TTS software— used in popular desktop screen readers—making many users feel instantly familiar with the voice they hear for speech output.
    * Control over volume and speaking rate
    * Supports many third-party applications
      Supports IM+ (Instant Messenger) [S60], the Wayfinder GPS application [S60], and the Slovoed dictionary [S60 and S80].

Supported Languages:
Arabic, English, French, and many other supported languages.