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Lightwriter SL40 CONNECT

The LightWRITER SL40 CONNECT represents the current (and outgoing) model of this enduring format.  The simplicity, forward-facing display for face-to-face communication and compactness are the essential features contributing to the success of the LightWRITER over decades.  The SL40 CONNECT includes USB port for data fransfer and back-up. The notebook section offers data transfer to computer for editting, back-up, printing and from the LightWRITER a spoken note may be a speech, verbal report at a meeting, or other oratory.  

Abilia, the LightWRITER developer & manufacturer has announced pre-release information about the LightWRITER SL50.  This IS NOT YET AVAILABLE in Australia. It has only been released in UK and there are not yet release dates announced for anywhere in the world, and we are a long way off having time-lines for the Australian release. Our experience with new release devices informs us that we are best being patient to ensure all beta testing, final testing and release stages are thoroughly performed in the country of origin before we even consider the model for release in Australia.  In this way any "teething problems" can be attended to where the manufacturer/developer is on hand.  So our recommendation at this time is to weigh up your time-lines and urgency to acquire a device. If you have an urgent need or require a device in the coming 12 months, then make your selection from the currrently available devices. [This does not imply that the SL50 will be available in Australia within 12 months - as we cannot know this]. Advising anyone to wait for a new model is usually not recommended as time-line pressures come into place overwhich we have no control.

New Offer for SL40 LightWRITER

There has been no update on the release of the SL50 for Australia.  To date it has been released in UK only with no further announcement dates for other countries.

In the absence of any news we have sought some action for Australian LightWRITER users. 

  • This is the SL40 model > ideal for communication via text-to-speech.
  • The SL40 is known for its robust build and reliability.
  • The winning dual display design has offered face-to-face communication for decades as the key feature of all LightWRITER models. 
  • Please see the notes below about the 2G being decommissioned.

Service and repairs, inlcuding battery replacement continues to be available for SL40 LIghtWRITER models.

Please note - the SL40 Connect no longer Connects via the in-built GSM for phone calls or SMS.  
It is a 2G module and the 2G network has been decomissioned in Australia. 

LightWRITER SL40 CONNECT 2G note:

  1. ANNOUNCEMENT: Telstra is decommissioning the 2G network from December 1st 2016 - so the 2G WILL NOT WORK FROM THIS DATE.  

  2. No upgrade is available.  Purchase of a different SIM card will not assist to change this situation.  

  3. the USB port of the SL40 CONNECT permits full use of the NOTEBOOK feature of the LightWRITER CONNECT.  Documents written on the SL40 can be transferred to a Windows computer by USB stick, and opened as a .txt file for editing, printing and transferring back to the LightWRITER if required. Settings and dictionariescan also be backed up.  This would be the main reason for choosing the CONNECT model.

More features

  • The SL40 features new sleek styling, large bright displays and extra features.
  • True prediction and auto-correction are new additions to the phrase banks and abbreviation expansion.
  • Write and save lengthy pieces of text and speak them in a number of different ways.
  • Set alarms to wake you up, or to remind you of events or appointments.
  • Choose from the activity menu bar to navigate all the features.

The activity bar shown above provides quick navigation to the various operations of the SL40. If no activity is selected and the user starts typing, 'talk' mode will be automatically selected.

As text is typed, the second row displays predicted words. These are selected by choosing the corresponding number. Alternatively the words can be scrolled using 'next' and 'back' and selected using the 'do' key.

To select a stored phrase simply type a key word. In the example shown below the word 'my' is typed. All phrases including the word 'my' will be displayed.

The notebook section permits storing of large passages of text. Upon recall the pasaage can be reviewed by sentence or paragraph.

SMS and voice calls

ANNOUNCEMENT: Telstra is decommissioning the 2G network from December 1st 2016 - so the 2G WILL NOT WORK FROM THIS DATE.

The manufacturer has advised that there will be no futher developing the SL40 LightWRITER therefore there is no solution available. 

The activity bar shown above provides quick navigation to the various operations of the SL40. If no activity is selected and the user starts typing, 'talk' mode will be automatically selected.

As text is typed, the second row displays predicted words. These are selected by choosing the corresponding number. Alternatively the words can be scrolled using 'next' and 'back' and selected using the 'do' key.

To select a stored phrase simply type a key word. In the example shown below the word 'my' is typed. All phrases including the word 'my' will be displayed.

The notebook section permits storing of large passages of text. Upon recall the pasaage can be reviewed by sentence or paragraph.

Keyboard configurations

LightWRITERs are supplied with raised keys in QWERTY layout (unless ordered with ABCD layout). The keyboard layout can be changed and the physical configuration of the keys can be changed.
The SL40 LightWRITER is supplied with keyguards to make all the configurations shown here.
Raised keys are shown below.

Keys can be 'flush' with the surround, providing a minimal keyguard.

The deep keyguard shown below, can be useful for people who need to stabilise on the keyboard, or it can assist with isolating movements for accurate key selection.

The keyboard can be configured in the various layouts for left and right-handed use.  See images.

SMS and voice calls

ANNOUNCEMENT: Telstra is decommissioning the 2G network from December 1st 2016 - so the 2G WILL NOT WORK FROM THIS DATE.

  • Size :     240mm x 140mm x 55mm
  • Weight :     870 grams
  • Speech synthesizer:    Acapela HQ speech (UK and US English)
  • Batteries:    Rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries
  • Power:     All day battery life with standard usage (10% duty cycle)  

LightWRITER SL40 AU (no SIM card)  (PDF download)

LightWRITER SL40 CONNECT (PDF download)

LightWRITER SL40 CONNECT Training Schedule (PDF download)

How to change the keyguard  (PDF download)

How to clean the keyboard (PDF download)

How to delete a word from the prediction list (PDF download)

To delete a phrase from memory.

  • At the main menu screen select SETUPS.  You can do this by either using the arrow keys to scroll across and press DO or press 7 to select the spanner icon.
  • Scroll or select the Word Stores and Language options by pressing 4 or scrolling through to the book icon and pressing DO.
  • Press 1 or DO to select the Word Stores menu.
  • Press 1 or DO to select the Phrases menu.
  • Phrases are organised by the first letter of each phrase.  Scroll through the folders until you find the first letter of the phrase and press DO.
  • Scroll through the phrases in the letter folder and select the one you want to delete by pressing DO.
  • Press the MENU button to bring up the editing menu. Select 2 Delete Phrase and confirm by pressing 1 YES.

Turning OFF Prediction Learning

If the LightWRITER user frequently misspells, types non-words, or makes typographical errors the prediction learning should be turned OFF to prevent operational over-load. The SL40 will be continually checking the dictionary to see if the 'non-word" is a new word, and this can cause "freezing" or :shut-down" if  too frequent.  Prediction can still be used, however new words should be added manually to the dictionary.

To turn OFF PREDICTION LEARNING:

First - place the SL40 into Advanced MODE (to turn ON Advanced Mode - Choose SETUPS (7), Information (8), Advanced Mode (2), DO, then arrow to turn ON, the Done.

Return to the ACTIVITY MENU by selecting the Exclamatin Point (!), then Setups (7), Word Stores and Language (4), DO, Predictions (3), DO, Prediction learning (2), DO, the arrow to choose OFF, then Done.

PICK to find a stored phrase using a KEY WORD

This instuction is incorrect in the manual. 

Start with a CLEARED display, then choose PICK then type your word.

MANUAL TEXT (corrected):  To see a complete phrase list, press the Pick key from a clear screen. To see a shorter phrase list, press Pick, then type in a key word or a few key letters from the phrase . Only phrases containing the text you have typed will then be shown. For example, pressing Pick BEFORE typing ‘drink’ or ‘dri’ will display ‘Please can I have a drink of’. To select a phrase scroll through the list using Next and Back and pressing Do to select, or use the appropriate number key. To return to typing without making a selection press Pick again

Supplied with:

  • instruction manual and quick reference guide/s
  • carry bag with strap (carry-all style bag)
  • strap kit (head, neck and waist strap and connections)
  • screw-driver, key-ring and tool for changing keyguards
  • charger
  • keyguards for 3 configuration of keyboard (standard keyguard fitted)
  • USB stick for data transfer to computer
  • warranty - PLEASE NOTE - SL40 is supplied with a special 'no quibble' warranty for 2 years. This covers damage incurred which is repaired at the manufacturer's cost.Loss and theft is not covered.

SL40

Optional extras

  • mounting plate (with Daessy tube connector, and holes for Rehadapt, Daessy, VESA and Toby Churchill Ltd mounting systems

A Daessy LightWRITER SL40 adapter plate can be fitted to the base of the LightWRITER.  Remove the mounting brackets and use the mount holes in the base of the LightWRITER to secure the plate with the spacers and screws supplied.  This system requires the Daessy quick release base which remains on the wheelchair tubing, when the device is removed from the mount.  The mount plate remains connected to the base of the LightWRITER when the unit is removed from the mount.  Zyteq can supply the LightWRITER SL40 Daessy mount plate adapter.  Zyteq can also supply the quick release base and other Daessy mount components as a "special order", which means that components would be ordered in for a specific order. 

 

  • Wheelchair mount from Toby Churchill Ltd

This is a simple mount consisting of the quick-release LightWRITER SL40 mount plate, a tube connector, a right-angled rod, and a wheelchair clamp.    The wheelchair clamp can be attached to horizontal or vertical round or square tubing.  If the tubing is less than 22 mm in diameter, two spacers can be inserted (jaw inserts) to suit.  The wheelchair clamp   fits round tubing in the range 16 to 22 mm diamater and square tubing in the range 15 - 22 mm diameter.  The angle of the wheelchair clamp is sdjustable.  For further information see the entry under 'mounting systems'. 

 

  • LightWRITER SL40 Carrying and Carry Bags

Using the LightWRITER in a carry bag can provide a safe way of taking it where it is needed. It provides some protection to the LightWRITER.
All units are supplied with 3 straps: a short rubberized carry handlt, a shoulder strap and waist strap.

There are now 3 versions of the LightWRITER carry bag.

  1. TCL in-use carry bag - now supplied standard with the device in Australia (heavy duty vinyl material with fixed carry strap, zip pocket, secures to device using 4 screws through base brackets)
  2. ZYTEQ in-use carry bag - still available as an optional extra while stocks last  (black canvas bag with Velcro closure flap, secures unit using shock cord across top of keyboard)
  3. TCL carry all  - available as an optional extra (for carrying device, charger and manuals together)

 

 

  • LightWRITER keycovers for SL40

Keycovers are available for the SL40 LightWRITER, SL40 LightWRITER CONNECT and SL40 LightWRITER Scan.
These are configured for either the deep keyguard or the standard keyboard with raised keys or flush keys.
The keycovers are supplied as a pair.  They are fitted by stretching the keycover over the device and sealing the edge with the double-sided tape supplied. Instructions are included.

    

Q1.Should I upgrade from the SL35 to SL40 LightWRITER
A1: Click on link above to view comparison table.  
A2: it may also be worth considering the Allora 2, which is another keyboard communicaiotn device.  It also offers scanning and Australian voice.

Q2: What is the difference between the LightWRITER SL40 and LightWRITER SL40 CONNECT? 
A2: The SL40 CONNECT  is now the current model supplied as "standard' in Australia.  The CONNECT offers the possibility of installing a SIM card which can provide SMS and voice call capabilities. This model also has a USB port for data transfer and back-up. Prior to 2013 the LightWRITER SL40 did not have the SIM card or USB port features.

Q3. When will the SIM/SMS model be available?
A2. This has been available from early 2013.  The SL40 CONNECT LightWRITER is now the standard model supplied for new purchases in Australia.

Q4. Can the standard Australian spec SL40 LightWRITER be upgraded to the SIM/SMS model or CONNECT model at a later date? 
A3. This is not possible.

Q5. What is happening with the SL 35, and other older models?
A5. There are no more SL35s available for purchase.   SL5, SL55, 56, 85, 87, cherry, big keys were discontinued around 2010.

Q6. Is Australian voice available?
A6: No, and unlikely to be available.

Part Code Part Name / Description Price GST
LW50-TBC LightWRITER SL50 - new model - details TBC

If you need a LightWRITER quote we suggest you use this pricing for the new LightWRITER due in 2019. It is very similar to the SL40 with new features and slightly lighter.  The price may change from this price but will not be higher than this pricing.

$7435.00 $0.00
Quote only
Optional Accessories
LW40-ABC SL40 LightWRITER ABC Layout

ABC layout to above models. Layout can be changed once QWERTY unit is received. Instructions are in the manual. To order with layout supplied as ABCD please add >

$105 $0.00
Quote only
LW-R-L SL40 LightWRITER layout change

Change layout to above models. (Alternatively layout can be changed in the field once QWERTY unit is received. Instructions are in the manual). To order with layout supplied as specified please add >

$105 $0.00
Quote only
SL40-CB SL40 In-use Bag

SL40 LightWRITER carry bag; in-use bag; black canvas. 
Delivery price included.

$168 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
CAS940/A Carry Bag - in-use - by Toby Churchill Ltd

Carry Bag - in use - tough nylon.  Uses small plastic screws into base to secure bag to device. 
Delivery price included.

$173 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
SL40-CB-deal LightWRITER SL40 CONNECT carry bag (in-use) x 2

SL40 LightWRITER carry bag; in-use bag; black canvas - two for $175.00 (free shipping)

$175 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
SL40-KC-reg Keycover for LightWRITER SL40 - with raised keys or flush keys

Raincoat / keycover for LightWRITER SL40 - with raised keys or flush keys (sold as a pair with double sided tape)
Delivery price included.

$158 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
LW40-K/C-48-DEEP Keycover - LightWRITER SL40 - deep KG

LightWRITER accessory - keycover for SL40 CONNECT (48 key) deep keyguard (single). UK version-thicker.
Delivery price included.

$123 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
WCM-QR40-MOUNTKIT-B LightwriterWheelchair Mount QR SL40 Kit

LightwriterWheelchair Mount QR SL40 Kit inc: Right angled rod, Frame Clamp, mount plate connector, hex keys, instructions - Mount plate not included
Delivery price included.

$845 $0.00
Quote only
WCM-QR40-MOUNTKIT-B_MP LightwriterWheelchair Mount QR SL40 Kit

LightwriterWheelchair Mount QR SL40 Kit inc: Right angled rod, Frame Clamp, SL40 mount plate, mount plate connector, hex keys, instructions
Delivery price included.

$1295 $0.00
Quote only
WCM-QR40-mountplate-D SL40 Mount Plate with Daessy

Mount plate - for LightWRITER SL40 - plate for Daessy mount with tube mounting for Daessy system.
Delivery price included.

$828 $0.00
Quote only
WCM-QR40-mountplate-B/AUS Quick release mount plate for SL40 LightWRITER

Quick release mount plate for SL40 LightWRITER
Delivery price included.

$693 $0.00
Quote only
Replacement Items
SL-CHA LightWRITER replacement charger - all models

LightWRITER replacement charger - for SL40, SL35 and all LightWRITER models and peripherals (free delivery)

$86 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
SL40-toolkit LightWRITER SL40 accessory (replacement) - toolkit (screwdriver, keyguard tool)

LightWRITER SL40 accessory (replacement) - toolkit (screwdriver, keyguard tool)
Delivery price included.

$44 $0.00
Quote only
KBD022-WHITE Lightwriter SL40 Keyguard - standard - raised keys (White)

Lightwriter SL40 Keyguard - standard - raised keys (White) Replacement part
Delivery Price Included

$93 $0.00
Quote only
KBD022-BLACK Lightwriter SL40 Keyguard - standard - raised keys (Black)

Lightwriter SL40 Keyguard - standard - raised keys (Black) Replacement part.
Delivery Price Included

$93 $0.00
Quote only
KBD022-FLUSH-WHITE Lightwriter SL40 Flush Keyguard

Lightwriter SL40 Flush Keyguard - flush keys (White) Replacement part
Delivery Prices Included

$93 $0.00
Quote only
KBD022-FLUSH-BLACK Lightwriter SL40 Flush Keyguard - flush keys (Black)

Lightwriter SL40 Flush Keyguard - flush keys (Black) Replacement part
Delivery Prices Included

$93 $0.00
Quote only
KBD022-DEEP-WHITE Lightwriter SL40 Deep Keyguard - recessed keys (White)

Lightwriter SL40 Deep Keyguard - recessed keys (White) Replacement part
Delivery Prices Included

$113 $0.00
Quote only
KBD022-DEEP-BLACK Lightwriter SL40 Keyguard - deep- recessed keys (Black)

Lightwriter SL40 Keyguard - deep- recessed keys (Black) Replacement part.
Delivery Prices Included

$113 $0.00
Quote only
LW40-strap-brkt LightWRITER SL40 part - strap bracket only (left and right)

Set of two strap brackets for SL40 LightWRITER.  Does not include carry strap.
Delivery Price Included

$122 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
LW40-strap-short LightWRITER SL40 short strap

LightWRITER SL40 Part - SL40 short strap only with rubberized handle
Delivery Prices Included

$53 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
LW40-KEYSET/UC-48 LightWRITER SL40 Replacement Key Caps Set

Complete set of replacement key caps for LightWRITER SL40 / SL40 Connect.  Does not include keyguard tool set.  Delivery price included.

$134 $0.00
Purchase / Quote

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