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Brother creates app to help his sister communicate

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2017-08-09 10:41

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Zach said he had seen other apps that turn a picture into a spoken phrase, but never one that actually texts it. So he built iCanText – an app that allows the girl to express herself and communicate with people that are not next to her.

“So I built an app that uses basically illustrated pictures to turn those into text and to be able to text anyone that she wanted to send a text to, like her mom,” the inventor explained.

Bethany was unable to walk, but now uses a walker. She is also learning to speak more, but she is still mostly non-verbal.

With this mobile application, the girl will be able to say she’s hungry, “I love you”, etc., even if someone is not in the same room.

The free app is available in the iTunes store for iPhone and iPad. It only has about nine phrases right now, but Zach said he was planning to add more. He asks people who download the app to send him constructive feedback through the email address listed in the app description.

More info: http://apple.co/2vlvdTs

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Zach Edlund, born in Norway, in 1997, living in USA, has a sister, Bethany, who suffers from a speech disorder and has several health problems, such as soft bones and low immunity. To help Bethany communicate, her brother developed iCanText, an app that uses basically illustrated pictures to turn those into text and to be able to text anyone. Zach is a computer science student.

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