VoicePod: Audio Recording and Playback for Photos

Five photos illustrating how the VoicePod is used, from sleeve insertion to audio playback.

The VoicePod by Attainment is an assistive device intended for people with disabilities. I bet it has applications for parents. What do you think?

The device is a docking station in which you insert photo sleeves to hear previously recorded audio.

You get 36 clear double-sided sleeves in which you place photos or drawings. Insert a sleeve into the docking station, then record a 9-second message about the picture.

Later, insert the same sleeve into the unit and press a playback button to hear your audio. A large "play" button bar can be placed over the console buttons to simplify playback.

VoicePod is powered by three AAA batteries.

A total of 72 pictures and recordings are possible at one time, until you swap out new images and record new messages.

Ideas:

  • Teach the sounds that letters make. Use drawings of letters and special letter sound combinations (th, ch, etc.).
  • Teach word meanings, pairing words with images. Even use store-bought flash cards, and record you or your child saying the words.
  • Create a talking photo album of friends and family.
  • Create special thank you notes.
  • For older toddlers, create and narrate a story picture by picture (older because the kid has to quickly summarize images).

The device is probably cost prohibitive for most folks at $60, unless you can think up a lot of useful ways to use it with your kid.

An option for half the price is Attainment’s talking photo album with 24 sleeves for $29. It takes two AA batteries and gives you an extra second of recording time per photo.

Can you think of other ways to use these devices? Or do you know of other products that address one or more of the ideas I listed?

VoicePod is sold by Attainment or at Amazon.

Comments

2 Responses to “VoicePod: Audio Recording and Playback for Photos”

  1. lace says:

    This unit from Lakeshore Learning is a little pricey for home use. It is $279. I don’t think you can make your own cards either. I think it is preset cards. Children can record their own voice to compare it to the pre-recorded voice to see if they are pronouncing the word correctly

    http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=372&pcount=0&Product_Id=2010&RememberSectionId=371&RememberCatalogId=3

    August 23rd, 2007 at 6:38 am

  2. Roberto says:

    For people with computers:

    Use powerpoint slides. Put a picture of something onto a slide, then record something using the windows voice recorder (or mac voice recorder), place that audio to trigger when the slide is pulled up (you can do this under slide options), and then you have unlimited recording time, unlimited slides and unlimited possibilities. You can even just record a video. Say I record a video of me kicking a ball. I can put that on the slide and record myself saying “kick.”

    August 27th, 2007 at 11:40 am

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