Speak Up, Be Heard: Tobii Assistive Technology Empowers the Nonverbal with new M-Series Communication Device

Stockholm, March 25, 2014 Today, Tobii Assistive Technology, a division of the Tobii group, the global market leader in eye tracking, launches the Tobii M-Series, a highly-portable speech generating device, especially suited for active, nonverbal individuals with full or limited dexterity. Built on modern, world-class technology, the Tobii M-Series is the most flexible, portable alternative and augmentative communication device available.

“We sometimes don’t realize how significant our daily communication is, but we are always communicating, everywhere, with everyone,” says Fredrik Ruben, president of Tobii Assistive Technology. “The compact nature of the M-Series allows its users to communicate nearly as much, wherever they are – the car, in the store, classroom, outdoors or even at home with family and friends.”

Paired with Tobii Communicator and Sono Suite, Tobii’s highly customizable, world-class AAC software, the Tobii M-Series is prepared to meet the communication needs of nearly every user, whether literate or not.

Also included in the M-Series package is a detachable speaker that provides powerful, dynamic audio, ideal for speech and communication. The speaker can be attached to a collar or lanyard to have voice output come from the user, allowing the communication to be associated with the user rather than their device.

The capacitive multi-touch screen is vibrant enough to read outdoors, making it ideal for users who are on the go. The screen also allows for delicate touch input, and is supported by various key guards. For users who prefer alternatives to touch, the M-Series can support switch input and scanning.

Other features of the M-Series include:

  • “Auditory preview” support so users can hear what they are going to say, before they say it aloud.
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life for a full day of nonstop talking, whether at work or at school.
  • Compact, lightweight design and protective carrying case and strap make it easy to bring the device and the voice, along at all times.
  • Built in table stand for on the fly communication.
  • Two built in cameras to document and share adventures.

To learn more about the Tobii M-Series, please visit www.tobii.com/m-series.

Availability

The Tobii M-Series is available in Europe today. Availability in the US and Canada will be announced shortly.

About Tobii Technology

Tobii Technology is the global leader in eye tracking and gaze interaction. Tobii delivers comprehensive, market-leading eye-tracking solutions and OEM components for applications such as computers, gaming and vehicles. Tobii has accelerated the development of gaze interaction in personal computing, transformed research in many fields and enabled communication for thousands of people with special needs. Founded in 2001, Tobii continues to achieve rapid annual growth and receive awards and recognition for its accomplishments. Based in Sweden, Tobii has a global presence, with offices in the U.S., China and Norway, as well as a worldwide network of resellers and partners. For more information, visit www.tobii.com.

About Tobii Assistive Technology

Tobii Assistive Technology, a division of Tobii Group, is the leading provider of eye tracking assistive technology hardware and software for those with communication and mobility impairments. Harnessing Tobii’s award-winning eye tracking technology, Tobii Assistive Technology has been helping thousands of individuals with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), muscular dystrophy, Rett syndrome and spinal cord injury lead fuller, richer lives. For nearly a decade, the company has stood at the forefront of assistive technology and continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible to deliver the most advanced, effective and empowering communication and computer access tools available. For more information, please visit www.tobii.com.

For Europe:

Thomas Nordén

Marketing Manager, Tobii Technology AB

Thomas.norden[@]tobii.com

For North America:

Stephan Floyd

Marketing Manager, Tobii ATI

Stephan.floyd[@]tobiiati.com | 781-223-2005

About Tobii Technology
Tobii Technology is the global leader in eye tracking and gaze interaction technology. Tobii’s leading eye-tracking technology has transformed research in many fields, enabled communication for thousands of people with special needs and accelerated the development of gaze interaction in personal computing. Tobii delivers comprehensive, market-leading, eye-tracking technology solutions and OEM components for applications such as computers, gaming and vehicle safety systems. Founded in 2001, Tobii continues to achieve rapid annual growth and receive awards and recognition for its accomplishments. Based in Sweden, Tobii has a global presence, with offices in the U.S., China, Germany, Japan and Norway, as well as a worldwide network of resellers and partners. For more information, visit www.tobii.com.

About Us

Tobii is the global leader in eye tracking. Our vision is a world where all technology works in harmony with natural human behavior. Tobii operates through three business units: Tobii Dynavox makes specially designed computers that are controlled by eye movement or touch screens for use by people with special needs due to spinal cord injuries, CP, ALS or other medical conditions. Tobii Pro develops and sells eye-tracking equipment and services used today by more than 3,000 companies and 2,000 research institutions, including all of the world’s 50 highest ranked universities. Tobii Tech further develops Tobii’s technology for new volume markets, such as computer games, personal computers, virtual reality and smartphones. Tobii is headquartered in Sweden and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (TOBII). The group has about 1,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.tobii.com.

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“We sometimes don’t realize how significant our daily communication is, but we are always communicating, everywhere, with everyone,. The compact nature of the M-Series allows its users to communicate nearly as much, wherever they are – the car, in the store, classroom, outdoors or even at home with family and friends.”
Fredrik Ruben