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DISCONTINUED. (Verified 9/2012) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. Dialect 3HD is a portable direct selection or scanning communicator designed for use by individuals with communication or speech disabilities. This unit is a dedicated speech generating device version of the Optimist 3HD (see entry). Users of this augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device can choose spoken messages through direct selection or scanning. The device has a color touch screen TFT (thin film transistor) display, an audio amplifier/speaker module with stereo output, a one-GigaHertz processor with Windows XP, a 20 gigabyte (GB) hard drive, a flash card slot, and a convertible handle/stand for carrying. The device comes pre-loaded with AAC software and a speech synthesizer; available AAC/synthesizer packages include The Grid2, Acapela Speech Synthesis, and Picture Communication Symbols, or Speaking Dynamically Pro, Boardmaker, and SAPI Speech Synthesis, or Tobii Communicator, Acapela Speech Synthesis, and SymbolStix Communication Symbols. POWER: Uses rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs or an alternating current (AC) adapter/charger. An external battery is available. OPTIONS: Wheelchair mounting system; environmental control; and carrying bag with accessories pouch. DIMENSIONS: 9.4 x 7.9 x 1.8 inches. The display measures 8.4 inches diagonally. WEIGHT: 3.5 pounds.