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OptiKey is an open-source communication software designed to be used with mouse, head tracker, eye tracker and other alternative mouse options. Users can access text-to-speech keyboards as well as CommuniKate pages with picture symbols within the software. The software features a learning word prediction engine that learns from the user's usage patterns. OptiKey can also automatically insert spaces between words and capitalise letters. Aside from typing using the onscreen keyboard, users can type whole words and phrases in a single selection by "swiping" or using "auto-complete". The software also offers mouse simulation for interaction with other Windows software. The software is compatible with Windows only and currently does not support switch access. OptiKey is designed to work on a Windows computer that is capable of running the .Net 4.6 Framework by Microsoft.

General Details


OptiKey / UK


No warranty provided as a community developed software



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Models / Specifications

Model OptiKey: Downloadable software


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Set Up or Installation

  • Installation:
    • Internet download
  • Operation:
    • offline
  • Operating system(s) :
    • Windows

Language Set Up

  • Language Representation :
    • Alphabet/ text based
    • single meaning pictures
  • Pre-programmed templates :
    • Computer access page sets
  • Level of Customisation:
    • limited customisation


  • Manuals and support material :
    • online

Rate Enhancement

  • Rate enhancement features:
    • customisable dictionary
    • word prediction

Access Options

  • Access method:
    • direct access
    • Eye gaze
    • Eye gaze compatible
    • Head tracking mouse
    • mouse
    • Mouse emulators
  • Keyboard features:
    • QWERTY
  • Accessibility features:
    • rate enhancement
    • text to speech

Visual Display

  • Font size:
    • Fully customisable

Voice Output

  • Auditory feedback :
    • beep on button press
  • Voice output:
    • computer generated synthesised speech
  • Languages available:
    • English
    • English (United Kingdom)
    • English (United States)
  • Voices :
    • Microsoft SAPI
  • Speech/ Voice customisation:
    • Speed/ speech rate
    • Volume
  • Accent:
    • UK
    • US

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