NOVA chat 5 (5")

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Quick Overview

NOVA chat 5 offers the well known Chat software on an Android platform. Like all "Chats", NOVA chat 5 offers a durable yet sleek portable design, with features that include a 5" display, multiple position capabilities, switch scanning, Social Chat, IVONA and Acapela speech synthesizers, PCS and Symbolstix symbols and many other Chat features.

Also included is a Kensington Sling bag to provide protection and portability for your NOVA chat device.

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The NOVA chat 5 features include a 5" (12.7cm) display, multiple position capabilities, switch scanning and weighs only 250 grams. The capacitive touchscreen is accessible by finger touch or an included stylus.

A rubberized protective shield protects the system while colour shells give it an up-to-date style.  No need to choose just one colour, as four colour shells are provided with each system.  Blue, green and purple offer youthful, fun options while the grey option provides a more sophisticated look.

Durability - To prove just how durable the NOVA Chat is, we tested it by putting the Novachat 7 in the dryer. This is just a short clip, but the device was actually in the dryer for 7 hours with no issues. You can see that the device still works and the screen didn't crack! Of course, we don't recommend putting your NOVA Chat in the dryer - click here to view youtube clip

Chat software includeds the features for sharing text with other applications and social networks. This Social Chat feature allows text generated by Chat pages to be sent to Facebook, Twitter or other social networks.

NOVA chat 5 has a unique design that allows for configurable orientation of landscape or portrait. Its dimensions are 14x8x3cms which makes it easy to hold.



Designed for individuals who will primarily be using symbols for communication, the NOVA Chat 5 has keyboard pages for spelling, and are "open" systems, meaning you can also run other Android applications on these devices.  For individuals with existing or emerging literacy skills this model comes with 10,000, 30,000 and 60,000 word dictionaries.

Numerous keyboard pages with and without spelling prediction are included in the pre-stored vocabulary files.

The NOVA Chat 5 also includes abbreviation-expansion, a feature that allows you to encode a word, phrase or sentence under a short sequence of letters, and also provide the capability to load and save text files.

Dedicated Option - Dedicated devices are devices that can only be used as communication devices, i.e. no other applications can be run on the devices. Please specify this option at time of ordering if needed.  If in the future after purchase you require the device to be changed from dedicated to non-dedicated or vice-versa, just contact us and we can organise this change for you at no cost.

Switch Scanning - As an alternative to directly selecting each button on the screen, NOVA chat offers single switch and two switch scanning.


Speech Options

The Novachat comes with 2 speech engines, Acapela and Ivona.

Acapela is a Text-to-Speech engine option available for NOVA chat.

4 Australian Voices;

Tyler:  AUS Male

Lisa:  AUS Female

Liam:  AUS Boy (child)

Olivia:  AUS Girl (child)


17 English Voices;

Graham: UK Male

Peter: UK Male

Nizareng UK Male

Lucy: UK Female

Rachel: UK Female

Ryan: US Male

Micah: US Male

Rod: US Male

Saul: US Male

Will: US Male

Heather: US Female

Laura: US Female

Tracy: US Female

Karen: US Female

Sharona: US Female

Kenny: US Boy (child)

Nelly:  US Girl (child)



Ivona - Saltillo is thrilled to offer IVONA voices for the first time in the NOVA chats. IVONA Text to Speech prides themselves with leading the field with natural voice quality and inflection.  

2 Australian voices;

Russell:  AUS Male

Nicole:  AUS Female

8 English voices:

Joey: US Male

Kendra: US Female

Kimberly: US Female

Salli: US Teen Female

Ivy: US Child

Brian: UK Male

Amy: UK Female

Emma: UK Female



Standard Vocabulary Files

NOVA chats are pre-loaded with 49 different vocabularies including the following;

4 Basic

4 Basic is a vocabulary option with 4 buttons per page for those needing minimal targets.


Basic Scan

Basic scan is a primarily phrase based vocabulary for emerging communicators that access communication through auditory and/or visual scanning.  Basic Scan was developed by Lisa Nobel Martin, MA, CCC-SLP specifically for the ChatFusion and NOVAchat.  Lisa has years’ experience working with nonverbal pediatric patients at all stages of communication. Her focus on teaching auditory and visual scanning techniques to these individual’s has proven quite successful.

The Basic Scan file encompasses various communicative functions (greeting, directing, protesting, commenting, requesting, sharing information).  Page navigation is used to support language formulation.  In addition, some vocabulary is hidden and can be gradually uncovered to scaffold learning. The Basic Scan file is meant to provide a framework and example of where to begin with an emerging communicator who is using auditory and/or visual scanning as a means to access communication.  Basic Scan does not provide access to a comprehensive vocabulary. Specific items within each category can and should be modified to meet the unique needs of individuals.


Communication Journey: Aphasia

“Communication Journey: Aphasia” is a vocabulary file containing features and vocabulary designed to support people with aphasia.  It was developed by Lois Turner (SLP), Anne MacCallum (SLP) and Sarah Gauthier (SLP Assistant) in consultation with a group of speech-language pathologists who work exclusively with people with aphasia and brain injuries.  All the participants work at CAYA (Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults) and the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The framework of the file was derived from the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia from the Aphasia Institute in Toronto, Canada.  The pages were created to facilitate participation in daily activities and to promote social links.

Aphasia, a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain where language is stored, may affect the ability to comprehend language, to express oneself, to read, or to spell and write.  “Communication Journey: Aphasia” can easily be adapted for use by people with different types of aphasia and a range of cognitive levels and degrees of severity. 

Symbols, photographs, visual scenes, videos or words can be used on the message, topic and script pages.   Included are pages that facilitate supported communication techniques, self-advocacy, directing care, and repair of communication breakdowns.  Information typically included in communication books; including pain and emotion scales, maps, templates for personal information and life stories, and schedules are also incorporated into the vocabulary file. Specialized features include variable “rate of speech” and “pause between words”.Grid size and vocabulary are easily customized to reflect and support the life experiences of the person with aphasia.

Although this vocabulary file contains starting-point vocabulary commonly required by adults with aphasia, it MUST be customized.  Each person has a unique history and the file must reflect their lives, experiences and abilities


AACelerate with myVoice

The AACelerate suite includes the myCore and myQuickChat vocabulary files.



myCore is a combination of core and phrase based vocabulary geared toward individuals with literacy skills.

myCore is available for the Nova Chat devices.




myQuickChat is an introductory communication system geared toward individuals with complex communication needs. it offers a high frequency, phrase-based communication system in an easy-to-use, yet very engaging format. The progressive system offers a variety of topics for everyday needs and conversation and provides immediate and more successful communication exchanges within a variety of settings. myQuickChat is available for children in 4, 8 and 12 locations and adults in 8 and 12 locations, each with an identical 16 location Support Master Home Page.


WordPower (formerly called ChatPower)

WordPower is a word-based vocabulary that is used to create sentences 'on the fly.'  WordPower was developed by Nancy L. Inman, M.A.T., CCC-SLP specifically for the NOVA chat 5.  Nancy is widely known in the field of AAC for her work in developing, implementing and teaching word-based vocabulary programs. 

WordPower uses high-frequency core words to facilitate quick and easy sentence generation.  It also includes nouns and adjectives that are organized in logical categories.  Grammatical word classes have been included.  As a sentence is being built, you often find that the next word you want to say can be spoken with one or two button presses.  A spelling/word prediction page is used to spell words that are not included in the vocabulary set.

Being a word-based vocabulary, WordPower can be used by a wide age group.  Nouns, adjectives and verbs can be added and customized to meet the particular needs of the individual.  Literacy skills are necessary to use WordPower, as picture support has only been provided for picture producing words. 

WordPower is provided in a 20, 25, 42, 48, 60, 80 and 108 button page layout.  Click here to link to Saltillo's site for video of Nancy Inman, the creator of Word Power talking about the different WordPower vocab files found on the NOVA chats.

WordPower 20 Simply incorporates carrier phrases with core words for quick and easy language generation and therefore, could be called a “hybrid,” because it can be used primarily as a phrase-based system, or as a word-based system.  It was designed for users with motor disabilities and access issues, those with vision impairment that need large cells and print, cognitively and severely language disabled individuals who benefit from phrases to assist with quick language generation, and those who have scanning access needs

WordPower 25 is designed to be accessible via direct selection as well as scanning for quick and easy language generation.  It incorporates carrier phrases with core words that move seamlessly between the main page and related categories.  Individuals who need an efficient language system with a minimum number of cells per page will benefit from this new vocabulary.

WordPower 42 is a word-based vocabulary that allows for easy and intuitive communication.  WordPower42 is a generative language system that will be familiar to those using WordPower on other systems, and easy to learn for new users.

WordPower 42 Basic is a simplified version of WordPower42.  This word-based system remains rich in core vocabulary, and it may be appropriate for beginning users or those that need a more basic vocabulary design.  It is designed to make communication fast and easy.

WordPower 48 is a modified version of WordPower42, but it includes an extra column on every page.  The extra column includes designated buttons for clear, smart period, delete word, and plural –s.   It is a word-based vocabulary that was designed to be an easy and intuitive generative language system.  This vocabulary is configured to work with a keyguard and with scanning.

WordPower 60 consists of a large number of high frequency words available on the main page, resulting in fast communication with reduced keystrokes.  Word completion and logical next words are used, and the "grammar" function provides morphological endings to verbs, nouns and adjectives.  Spelling with word prediction along with the category-based pages contained in all other versions of the vocabulary are also available.  This vocabulary is configured to work with a keyguard.

WordPower 60 Basic has been designed to support language development for preK students as well as others with severe communication disabilities. It features core vocabulary (research based), Additional Symbol support added, Yes/No inclusion and Sentence starter verbs on main page

WordPower 80 is a vocabulary consisting of high-frequency core words, spelling and word prediction, all on the main page.  It also includes the category-based pages contained in all other versions of the vocabulary.  With this setup, the user can use core words in the same sentences without moving to a separate page to spell.  This vocabulary is configured to work with a keyguard and with scanning. 

WordPower 108 is the newest WordPower vocabulary option. It consists of a large number of high frequency words on the main page, resulting in fast communication and quick access to core words. Word completion and logical next words are used, and the “grammar” function provides morphological endings to verbs, nouns and adjectives





Essence is the first commercial offering of the Essence family of vocabulary programs developed by Prentke Romich Company. This new series is specifically designed for adults with acquired speech disorders. The heart of the Essence vocabulary consists of a spelling keyboard with word prediction that also allows quick access to hundreds of commonly used phrases and sentences.



The home page of Essence contains a spelling keyboard. If one starts to spell a word, the word prediction area expands to offer up to nine predicted words at a time. Morphology buttons allow you to change word forms with a single button press.




The home page also contains quick links to pages of commonly used phrases for communicating with those you regularly interact within your family and community. Other pages contain commonly used vocabulary that may be needed for a visit to the doctor, using public transportation, going out to eat, etc. Each page is completely customizable to meet the specific vocabulary needs of each individual. Essence has been adapted to take advantage of the unique features of the NOVA chat. This program takes advantage of the Saltillo's word prediction program which gives the option of a 10,000, 30,000 or 60,000 word prediction engine. The visual scene capabilities allow photos to easily be imported to assist in telling a story.


The portability of the NOVA chat along with the vocabulary of Essence combine to create a communication solution that can be taken wherever you go - and contain the vocabulary to engage people when you get there.





MultiChat 15 for NOVA chat

MultiChat 15 is offered in a Student, Adolescent and Adult version of NOVA chat.  There are multiple forms of communication available in this program; sentences, phrases, individual words, recordings for story-telling and visual scenes. Also included are interactive play and reading pages, social pages and a News-2-You starter page for the weekly newspaper's vocabulary.  There are symbols on every button with the exclusion of several core words





Spelling is a QWERTY keyboard page set with four word prediction buttons and a few pre-stored phrases.



VocabPC was designed by Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-SLP, for adults and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Vocabulary in VocabPC is arranged as carrier phrases, interactive sentences, activity vocabulary and naming words. VocabPC uses a 12 location page layout. The included manual contains customizing hints, teaching strategies, flashcards and vocabulary documentation.

The VocabPC manual can be downloaded here.


Symbols Sets

The NOVA chat 5 includes both Symbolstix and PCS Symbols.


PCS symbols are very popular in classrooms and clinics throughout the world. These symbols have been created by Mayer-Johnson and are used in Mayer-Johnson's BoardMaker and Speaking Dynamically applications. Several thousand symbols represent vocabulary for a wide variety of school, home and work activities.




SymbolStix is a dynamic symbol set created by N2Y for use in its Internet weekly newspaper, News-2-You, and its new online curriculum, Unique Learning System. Generic activities and persons are depicted as lively, vibrant stick Figures - stick figures with "an attitude." (Actual persons incorporated in SymbolStix are drawn as easily recognizable characterizations.) The current suite includes over 4,000 individual drawings/icons.

For more information on SymbolStix, visit the SymbolStix website.


Sling Bag Accessory Included

  • The adjustable Vecro strap allows you to set your bag in the most comfortable position, according to your height
  • The inside compartment is very well padded, therefore your NOVA chat will be protected from shocks and bumps
  • The inside accessory pocket is roomy enough to hold extra accessories
  • The bag features a hanger tab


Novachat Trainings - Recorded Webinars and Video Tutorials

Saltillo are excited to announce that their NOVA Chat Training Webinars and Tutorials are now recorded and posted on their web site. You can watch them at your leisure!

Recorded Webinars include

  • NOVA chat Overview
  • NOVA chat Basic Customisation
  • NOVA chat Advanced Customisation
  • NOVA chat Windows Editor Overview


Video Tutorials include

  • Intro and Exploration of Chatpower Vocab File
  • Buttons Actions Overview
  • Profiles Overview
  • How to update your device
Product Weight 250g
Dimensions 14x8x3cms
Display Size 12.7cms
Digitized Speech Memory n/a
Battery Life up to 10 hours (depending on usage and settings)

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