An Introduction to the Special Issue on New Mobile AAC Technologies I will always remember the feeling I had when I first started pitching my idea to build an augmentative and alternative communication application for the iPhone and iPod touch (the iPad did not yet exist). The scene was a national conference, and I met with a few “big” companies ... SIG News
SIG News  |   April 01, 2011
An Introduction to the Special Issue on New Mobile AAC Technologies
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  • Samuel Sennott
    The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / SIG News
SIG News   |   April 01, 2011
An Introduction to the Special Issue on New Mobile AAC Technologies
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 3-6. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.3
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 3-6. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.3
I will always remember the feeling I had when I first started pitching my idea to build an augmentative and alternative communication application for the iPhone and iPod touch (the iPad did not yet exist). The scene was a national conference, and I met with a few “big” companies and a few independent software developers who all said “no” or that it can't be done (including some that I would later collaborate with). One conversation in particular always will stick with me. In a meeting focused on pitching my idea to one of those larger companies, I was asked, “But what's so special about the iPhone; why is it any different than the PDA-based communication devices out there now?” Being a bit sheepish about the question, because it was one of my first big meetings in the field, I hesitantly answered something about how it was Apple and was cooler. Little did I know that less than a year later I would be able to come back to one of those developers with a proposition to collaborate and less than a year after that the vision would become a reality.
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