The Compass app is created by Tobii Dynavox, the industry leader in helping connect lives through communication.
This version of Compass includes the premium PODD pageset. PODD, created by speech pathologist Gayle Porter, is a way of organizing whole word and symbol vocabulary to provide immersion and modeling as well as a means to express a range of messages in a variety of environments. There are PODD Pagesets to provide multiple options to suit the communication and language requirements of different individuals.
Compass provides a voice for individuals who cannot use their natural voice to participate in their everyday lives. Compass is the sixth generation of software from the company that you can rely on to provide a pathway to communication success.
With the ability to quickly customize your communication pages, Compass provides all individuals, no matter their age or communication level, the power to communicate with everyone who is important in their life. PODD with Compass also includes all the content found on Tobii Dynavox devices and the Compass app, Providing the largest variety of communication content available in any AAC solution.
In addition to the exciting and dynamic communication options available at your fingertips, the Compass app uses the power of cloud technology to manage and update your communication pages anytime and anywhere. Compass seamlessly connects with your personal “myDynaVox” account which gives you access to teaching and therapy supports, the ability to share content between family, therapist, other users, and other members of the support team, as well as backup and restore your communication files. The cloud-based myDynaVox portal is a feature that is free with your purchase of Compass.
Features of Compass include:
Clinician-Developed Communication Pagesets
Multiple communication pageset options are designed to provide a starting place based on age, interest, ability level, and prior experience with communication apps.
For literate users, a large collection of rate enhancement methods are provided, including SwiftKey word prediction, phrase prediction, character prediction, slots and fillers, and rapid retrieval of previously spoken messages.
Multiple access methods are supported, including: direct touch, switch scanning, and keyboard.
myDynaVox connects you directly with a community of clinicians, technical experts, and peers for help and support.
Symbols, Multi-media, and Voices:
Symbol-based communication support utilizes PCS™ symbols, the most widely-used symbol set for communication and learning in the world.
Digital photos and images can be added to personalize communication through the use of the built-in camera on your iPad.
Compass supports male and female TTS voices from IVONA.
Connectivity and Content Storage:
Free cloud based technology support, unique to Compass, comes with our app.
Compass provides quick access to your “myDynaVox” account; allowing you anywhere, anytime access to back-up, restore, and share customized pages between the entire support team, through an internet connection.
Quickly and easily receive content updates as they become available.
Once Compass is installed on your iPad, no active internet connection is required for day-to-day communication use.
*Does not include WordPower*
- Fixed an issue with small Page Set files failing to back up to myTobiiDynavox.
- Addressed an issue in which the volume in Compass was incorrectly showing as “0”.
Ratings and Reviews
Limited in layout
This software has a few quirks that make it difficult to use. Unlike prologue or GoTalk, it doesn’t let you reduce the number of buttons per page outside of their limited presets. There is a 3x3 that is part of the typical PODD layouts that is unavailable.
The background colors are bright and can’t be darkened overall to provide contrast to the buttons. The interface is cluttered compared to their other products.
The devil is in the details for making these tools work, and I can’t help being disappointed, especially for a $300 piece of software. I hope Tobii will continue developing this software.
What an extraordinary program
My daughter was one of the first Dynavox users back in 1990. She had the pleasure of getting to play with a prototype. It is unbelievable how far this miracle device/programming has come. We downloaded this version of Dynavox Compass after reading about it. My daughter has been using the original Compass app since it was released last fall. She told me tonight that this is the program she would have designed if she was in charge of programming. She loves it!
She loves the simplicity of use, the logical way it is designed, how throughly it was thought out for so many situations. We would give it a million stars!
jumping for joy!
I am an SLP on a school district AT team and I am literally jumping for joy with this app!!! It is great! I have three suggestions for upgrade:
1.) Please have message in message window speak when ending punctuation is added.
2.) Please add a word finder feature (like LAMP).
3.) more qulaity voices for free
So happy and grateful!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.