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Gus! Access Keyboard

Windows  95/98/XP/2000      spinningglobe.gif (14023 bytes) Internet Access!! 
Price: $495 US
    

For users who want "type" (send keystrokes) to a Windows application but cannot use a standard keyboard due to a physical disability.


This on-screen keyboard is fully optimized for Windows 95/98/XP/2000 and is unmatched in its ability to let you take control of Windows or any software application running therein. If you need an on-screen keyboard with (or without) "switch/scanning" to access Windows to type a letter, surf the internet, or do anything else, then this is the solution you've been looking for!

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How do I use this on-screen keyboard"?
The Gus! Access Keyboard can be operated with any Windows compatible pointing device including a mouse, trackball, touch screen or "head pointing" device. This latter device enables the user to remotely move the cursor anywhere on the screen and make selections by simply moving the head (hands free).  Select a key on the on-screen keyboard and it will be "typed" into the computer for you!

Another way to operate the keyboard is using the included "switch/scanning" feature.  The "switch/scanning" method is extremely valuable to people who do not have the head control to use a "head pointing device" but have enough movement somewhere on their body to activate a switch.   As an example, if a user could only move their right index finger very slightly, then a very sensitive switch can be mounted beside that finger.  When the letter they want to type is highlighed by the "switch/scanning" feature in the software, they simply need to activate the switch to make their selection.

For a more detailed explanation and demonstration of "switch/scanning" click here.

What is "Word Prediction"?
Note:  The word prediction feature is INCLUDED with the Gus! Access Keyboard at no additional charge.

Selecting one letter at a time could be a tedius way to type, if it weren't for three included features called "word completion", "word prediction" and "abbreviation expansion."  If you look at the picture above, you will see a list of words on the right side. This is the word completion/prediction box.  It also displays abbreviations which are explained below.

Word Completion (completes the current word)

As you begin to enter a word (eg. the letter "a"), the box displays a list of choices based on what letters you have typed. As you continue to type, the list narrows the choices down further and further. This feature is called "word completion." To select on of the words from the list, simply press the corresponding function key (F1-F9). The program learns new words as you type (Autolearn) and builds your own personalized vocabulary. In fact, the words are presented based on "frequency of use"; meaning the words that have been used most often appear at the top. In our example above, you can see that the words are not in alphabetical order. The are in order of frequency.

Word Prediction (guesses the next word)

After you finish entering a word, the box will display a list of words that normally follows the word you just entered, based on your own vocabulary. For example, suppose you have entered the phrase "I want to go home" on more than one occasion. Hence forth, after you type the word "want" the box will display the word "to" as an offering for the next word. If you select the word "to", the box will display the word "go" along with 8 other words that have, in the past, followed the word "go." As you can see, word completion and word prediction will greatly accelerate your "typing" speed with switch/scanning.

Abbreviation Expansion (expands an few characters into a word/sentence)

Suppose you would like to type/speak "good morning everyone!" on the Gus! Access Keyboard to greet your family.  That is 3 words or 20 letters to type. What if you could type only "gme" and the program would expand it, automatically, to "good morning everyone!".  That is exactly what "abbreviation expansion" is all about.  You simply type the abbreviation ("gme") and the program automatically inserts the expansion ("good morning everyone!").  You can create as many abbreviations as you like!

Speech output (Microsoft Speech Synthesizer included!)

Our most recent versions of the Gus! Access Keyboard include the Microsoft Speech Synthesizer at NO additional cost.  Using the marvelous sounding voice, the Gus! Access Keyboard can speak each letter, or word, or sentence...automatically using the best sounding speech synthesizer on the market.... and its included...FREE.

New2.gif (1001 bytes)Integrated World Wide Web Navigation (an industry first!)

In this, our most recent version, we've added an indespensible feature for internet cruising....integrated www navigation with "web prediction". With this feature, single switch users can quickly move from web site to web site without fussing with the URL line in Netscape or Explorer.  Once again, the Gus! Access Keyboard sets the standard for full function on-screen keyboards.

 


What makes the Gus! Access Keyboard "better" than other on-screen keyboards?

1.  Unique Task bar application with integrated Start Menu and task switching.. 
There are significant differences between our on-screen keyboard and every other product that attempts to complete with it...look closely.  The Gus! Access Keyboard embeds itself into the Windows task bar!!  It isn't just another window taking up valuable space on your screen but is a fully functioning task bar application!  What this means to you is that the critical functions of the task bar (starting applications, switching between applications etc) are nicely embedded into the Gus! Access Keyboard.  Of the over 100 on-screen keyboards currently available today, this is the only one that offers true integration with the Windows operating system.

There are significant differences between our on-screen keyboard and every other product that attempts to complete with it...look closely.  The Gus! Access Keyboard embeds itself into the Windows task bar!!  It isn't just another window taking up valuable space on your screen but is a fully functioning task bar application!  What this means to you is that the critical functions of the task bar (starting applications, switching between applications etc) are nicely embedded into the Gus! Access Keyboard.  Of the over 100 on-screen keyboards currently available today, this is the only one that offers true integration with the Windows operating system.

2.  Embedded links to cursor control and communication software.
The Gus! Access Keyboard is the only on-screen keyboard that offers switch/scan users simple, fast access to the Gus! Scanning Cursor and the Gus! Multimedia Speech System (sold separately).  Therefore, the switch/scan user can move seamlessly between keyboard control, cursor control and communication (speech) using only a single switch.  We are the only company that offers this level of integration of all three areas and it is the fundamental reason for our success in this industry

3.  Full-time technical support staff and FREE upgrades forever!.
There are literally hundreds of weekend programmers selling or giving away on-screen keyboards over the internet.  Not surprising considering the fact that even a novice programmer can write a rudimentary on-screen keyboard in about an hour.  But almost without exception, they are missing most, if not all, of the critical features required by the disabled community including... "switch/scanning access", "cursor control", "word prediction", "abbreviation expansion" and "speech output".  Furthermore, most of these programmers plainly state that the software is provided "as is" and no technical support is available.  The assumption being that if it is cheap or free, than who are you to complain about it.

The reality for the people we serve is that there is a much higher requirement for strong technical support than with an average consumer buying a simple word processor.  Our customers depend on our software to communicate with their families, to assist them with work or school, to cruise the internet or to compose a letter or email to their friends and relatives.  These are the truly important things in life and it is important that they get technical support when they ask.

What about "EZ Keys" from Words+ ?
Words+ is a competitor of ours so our opinion of EZ Keys must be viewed in that regard.
However, the following paragraph from the EZ Keys manual is insightful...

"Warning:  If by installing additional hardware or software, you corrupt the installaion of EZ Keys, we briefly will try to assist you by telephone.  If the problem cannot easily be solved in a few minutes, we will require you to ship your system to us so that we can correct the problem.   You will have to pay the shipping and the hourly rate for our techniciuans/engineers who do the work, even if they are unable to make your new items work and have to reset your system to a configuration that works with EZ Keys.  In order to minimize such problems, call us before you purchase or install anything new to ensure there are no known conflicts." 
EZ Keys manual (page 6)
(http://www.words-plus.com/products/pdf/ezmanual.pdf)

At Gus Communications, you can call for technical support as often as you like and talk for as long as you want.  And, of course, we provide free upgrades for life.

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