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Speech Cards Updated for 64-bit and iOS 10

It’s been a while since we last updated Speech Cards. Recently you may have received this warning message when starting the app:

iOS Compatibility Alert

The above warning message appears for 32-bit apps. Apple introduced the warning message with iOS 10.1 to push developers to update theirs apps for 64-bit. All of Apple’s iOS devices now use 64-bit chips.

Today, I am happy to announce the release of Speech Cards Version 1.4.0. This important release updates the app for 64-bit architecture and is optimized for iOS 10. You will no longer receive the warning message above.

What’s next for Speech Cards?

Speech Cards was created in 2012 and was one of my first apps. It is programmed in Objective-C, uses a SQLite database, and the user interface is all done 100% programmatically (including auto layout). The iOS world has changed a lot since then and I’ve learned a lot too!

Work has begun to re-write Speech Cards with the goal of making it easier and faster to add new features. The app will be re-written in Swift, a modern programming language, which is a joy to use. Storyboard, the technology to visually implement user interfaces in iOS, has significantly matured and really helps reduce development time. The user interface will be re-implemented in Storyboard. With an easier and faster update process, I hope to implement more of the great ideas sent to us by our users.

Thank you for reading.

Speech Cards Professional
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-cards-professional/id560581911?ls=1&mt=8

Speech Cards Lite
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-cards-lite/id565131348?mt=8

Speech Cards - iPad

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San Diego Guide for Amazon Alexa

San Diego Guide for Amazon Alexa

Amazon Echo
Voice technology, such as the Amazon Echo, can improve the lives of people with disabilities. Alexa is the virtual assistant for the Echo. You can ask Alexa to turn appliances on or off, for the news, weather, listen to music, and more.

To learn more about this exciting new platform, we created a San Diego Guide skill for Alexa. We are based in San Diego, California, which is a popular tourist destination. With the San Diego Guide skill you can learn about attractions and fun things to do in our beautiful city.

To download the skill, search for “San Diego Guide” in the Skills section of your Alexa app.

If you are interested in creating a guide for your own city, Amazon has an excellent tutorial:
https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/alexa/alexa-skills-kit/content/city-guide-skill-1

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New App Release: Beat Tracker

Beat Tracker

We are very excited to announce the release of Beat Tracker, an iPhone app to track and export your heart beat data from the Apple Health app. Share your heart rate data with your health care provider by emailing or transferring (via AirDrop) a CSV file, or print with AirPrint.

Featuring a minimalist design, Beat Tracker has been engineered to help you quickly access and export your data. Use the included reports to access your data for the day, week, month, etc. Add new reports using your own date ranges. View the data in both table and graph formats. Export the table data as a CSV file and share via email, AirDrop or print. Export the graph as a PNG image file and share via email, AirDrop or print.

Beat Tracker is available for $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness and Medical categories.


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The Luther Story : Alumni Profile of Robert Harrison

The Luther Story
We are pleased to share with you news that Robert has been featured in the Fall 2014/Winter 2015 edition of The Luther Story! The Luther Story is a magazine for Luther College friends and alumni. Robert did his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Luther College at the University of Regina. He has many fond memories and experiences, which he is happy to share. Please read the full article at https://luthercollege.edu/university/alumni-friends/alumni/luther-story.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from RWH Technology!

A Look Back at 2013

2013 was a very exciting year for us. In the past 12 months, we released an iPhone version of Speech Cards, released a Spanish version of SpeakColors, upgraded most of our apps to iOS 7 and were exhibitors at two speech therapy conferences.

Speech Cards - iPhone 5
Speech Cards was made a universal iOS app, making it compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

 
Long Beach Convention Center
We were exhibitors at the CSHA 2013 and ASHA Schools 2013 conferences in Long Beach, CA.
Como una fresa roja
Ana Paula Mumy, a tri-lingual SLP, joined the team to help us create SpeakColors Español.
 
iOS 7
iOS 7 brought a new style of user interface to Apple’s iDevices. Most of our apps have been updated to support the new iOS 7 style. Only the free version of SpeakColors remains to be updated. We plan to update the free version of SpeakColors in 2014.

2014

Looking ahead to 2014, we are working on two new apps. Details will follow in the new year. We are also considering a couple of conferences, one of them being ASHA 2014 in Orlando, FL. We hope to see you there!

We would like to thank all our customers for their support and wish them a happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Spanish Version of Speech Therapy App Now Available for the iPad

SpeakColors Español - Available on the App Store
I’m very happy to announce that we just released the Spanish version of our SpeakColors app for the iPad! Use SpeakColors Español to help children increase vocabulary, phrase length, receptive and expressive language, and fluency skills. It is also great for bilingual children.

There are a few people I would like to thank that helped make this app possible. First, I would like to thank my wife, Tiffany, for the idea of SpeakColors and for all her love and support. A big thank you to Ana Paula G. Mumy, for providing her voice for the app and translating English to Spanish. I would also like to thank my friend Alvil Tayco for his ideas and advice on social media marketing.

SpeakColors Español is available on the App Store. We would love to hear your feedback. Please leave a review on the App Store or send us an email.


Robert Harrison
Owner/Software Developer
RWH Technology

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SpeakColors Español

SpeakColors Español

We are very excited to introduce SpeakColors Español for the iPad! This new app is the Spanish version of our popular speech therapy app, SpeakColorsHD.

SpeakColors Español will be released world-wide on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Continue reading to learn more about SpeakColors Español.

*** Update 09/12/2013 ***
SpeakColors Español is now available on the App Store.

Educational Value

SpeakColors Español is more than a colors app and teaches valuable speech and language skills. SpeakColors Español can be used to improve the following:

  • Receptive and expressive vocabulary skills
  • Phrase length
  • Spoken sentences
  • Speech/Articulation skills
  • Fluency skills
  • Initiation and choice making skills for colors and objects

SpeakColors Español includes a huge amount of content. There are a total of 1175 sentences included in the app. There are 19 sentence types (including masculine and feminine forms) to provide new challenges as your child progresses.

Clean, Minimalist Design

The first thing you will notice when starting a session in SpeakColors Español, is the clean, minimalist design. During a speech therapy session, the focus should be on the learning. The clean design of the app helps minimize distractions.

The app is easy to use and child-friendly. Pick a color from the top of the screen. Pick a sentence type from the menu in the upper-left of the screen. Press on the text, color or object in the middle of the screen to hear a voice recording. Use the microphone to practice speaking and then playback to get immediate feedback. Swipe left or swipe right (or use arrow buttons) to change objects.

Professional Voice

Voice quality is very important in an app such as this. The sounds and words need to be properly modeled for the child to imitate. We are very happy to have Ana Paula G. Mumy, a trilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, provide her voice for the app. She has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings, specializing in articulation strategies, language and literacy, and bilingual issues. She has developed many therapy tools for both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking children of all ages. We think she has done an outstanding job on SpeakColors Español. Be sure to check out her web site at http://www.thespeechstop.com for resources for SLPs, educators and parents.

Real Photos

SpeakColors Español uses high quality photos of real food, animals, toys and common objects. 200 photos are included in the app. You can import photos from your Photo Library or use the built in camera to take photos.

Customizable

Each child has different goals. The customization options in SpeakColors Español helps you tailor the app to the needs of your child. Add new nouns, import photos and use the microphone to record your own voice. Customization can be a fun, educational activity to do with your child.

Summary

SpeakColors Español will be available for the iPad on Thursday, September 12, 2013 for $6.99 USD.

Here are five great reasons to love SpeakColors Español:

  1. Huge Educational Value
  2. Professional Spanish Voice
  3. Clean, minimalist, child-friendly design
  4. Photos of real animals, food, and toys
  5. Customizable to suit the goals of your child

This is a great app for bilingualism. We think Spanish-English speaking SLPs, teachers, parents and children will greatly benefit from SpeakColors Español. At the bottom of this post are some screenshots. For more information, please visit our SpeakColors web page or contact us.

Thank you for reading! If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please contact us; we would love to hear from you.

 

SpeakColors Español Screenshots (click to view larger image)

 
    avión amarillo     Choose Template    
 
    Como una fresa roja     Customize    
 

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