NOVA chat 8 (8")

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NOVA chat 8 offers the well known Chat software on an Android platform. Like all "Chats", NOVA chat 8 offers a durable yet sleek portable design, with features that include a 8" 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.

Comes with 4GB Dual MICRO-USB Flash Drive.

With its sleek, lightweight and portable design, the familiar NovaChat 8 Classic wrap option is ideal for the easy-going, careful communicator.



  • High quality Classic wrap adds a layer of protection to the device with a sleek, modern look
  • Redesigned handle provides improved durability and portability
  • Fully adjustable, redesigned stand allows for a wide range of angles that stay in place
  • Redesigned charging ports increase independence
  • Upgraded amp provides improved speaker quality for clearer communication in a variety of environments
  • Each device comes with four wraps (gray, green, purple, and blue) to allow the device user to show off their style
  • Comes with the widely popular Chat software on an Android™ platform for familiar use
  • Social Chat feature allows text generated by Chat pages to be sent to social networks
  • Wraps available in blue, green, purple, and gray



  • Measures 25x18x5cms (without handle)
  • Weighs 950gms
  • 20.32cms (8"), 2048 x 1536 pixels display


Speech Options

The NOVA chat 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

Ryan:  US Male

Micah: US Male

Rod: US Male

Saul: US Male

Will: US Maile

Lucy: UK Female

Rachel: UK Female

Heather: US Female

Laura: US Female

Tracy: US Female

Karen: US Female

Sharona: US Female

Kenny: US Boy (child)

Nelly: US Girl (child)


Ivona - 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

11 English voices:

Joey: US Male

Eric: US Male

Kendra: US Female

Kimberly: US Female

Jennifer: US Female

Salli: US Teen Female

Justin: US Child Male

Ivy: US Child Female

Brian: UK Male

Amy: UK Female

Emma: UK Female


Standard Vocabulary Files on NOVA Chat model

NOVA chats are pre-loaded with 57 different vocabularies including the following;

4 Basic

Basic Scan

Communication Journey: Aphasia

Explore Access

Intermediate Scan

Multichat 15




VocabPC Adolescent

WordPower (formerly called ChatPower)



Symbols Sets

The NOVA chat 8 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
  • 8" (20cm) WSVGA (capacitive touch screen)
  • Word Prediction
  • Abbreviation Expansion
  • SymbolStix™ and PCS™ symbols are both included
  • Single and dual switch scanning
  • Updated user interface
  • Combination of ChatPC and TouchChat functionality
  • Social Chat shares text easily with Facebook and Twitter
  • Improved file transferring (more stable/quicker transfers)
  • NOVA chat Editor (USB)
  • Vocabulary files for both literate and emerging literate clients
  • Acapela and Ivona synthesized speech (including teen and child voice)
  • Built-in front/rear camera 3.0 Megapixel Auto Focus w/flash
  • Four rubberised colour shells included
  • Carry Case (sling bag) included
  • Stylus
  • Size: 25x18x5 cms
  • Weight: 930 grams
  • 3 year warranty
  • Digitized Speech Memory n/a
  • Battery Life up to 10 hours (depending on usage and settings)

Designed for individuals who will primarily be using symbols for communication, the NOVA Chat 8 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 8 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.


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