Questions about how Interact-AS will work in your situation? Wondering about help getting started once you order the software?
Mike Massine is an expert on using Interact-AS in classrooms. He will make sure you are ordering the right items, and after your purchase he will work with you to show you how the system works and to optimize it for your student. He can be reached by calling 888-963-8991 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Interact-AS is software you install on one computer
Interact-AS is licensed on a permanent basis for a single PC. There are no annual usage charges or subscription fees. A permanent license allows for an unlimited number of user accounts thus allowing the PC to be used by multiple students and many teachers. Each computer used to run the Professional Edition of the Interact-AS software requires a software license.
An Internet connection is not required
The Interact-AS software runs locally on the student’s computer. An internet or network connection is not needed to perform real-time captioning in a typical classroom. To stream the captioned text to other media devices (such as an iPad, an iPhone, a Chrome Book) from the one computer doing the captioning will require an internet connection and the purchase of the Streamer™ module.
Interact-AS runs directly on the student’s computer, no internet connection is needed. However, it is a serious number cruncher. Having a computer that can handle the load is an important part of configuring a successful system. Most newer Windows-based computers meet the recommended specifications, but please read the specifications below. As always, if you have questions let us know, we’ll be glad to help.
- Windows 7, 8 (not RT), 8.1 or 10 (not Mac)
- An Intel i7 Core Processor with 8 GB of RAM is recommended (A newer i5 processor with 4 GB of RAM does meet the minimum specifications, but a faster processor provides for higher degree of accuracy of the captioning)
- An available USB port (for the microphone connection)
Does it run on a Mac? Interact-AS is not designed to run on Apple devices, however, some schools are successfully running Interact-AS using one of the various Windows emulators such as Parallels or Boot Camp. Technical support is not available for Interact-AS if running on an emulator for Mac.
Wireless Microphone Systems:
- Headset and Boom Microphone are required – Microphones must be placed within 1″ of the mouth for best accuracy. Listen to this audio demonstration to see why.
- A wireless microphone system that is specifically designed to achieve optimal accuracy with Interact-AS speech-to-text is strongly recommended. Recommended wireless microphone systems are listed on the Purchasing Interact-AS webpage.
- Personal FM/DM system – An existing FM/DM microphone and transmitter used by the classroom teacher is NOT recommended because the accuracy of captioning is substantially less as DM/FM transmitters are not optimized for this purpose.
Integration of an Existing FM/DM System or Personal Streamer:
- Keeping the captioning accommodation and the FM/DM system accommodation separate is an option, but requires the teacher to wear two microphones and transmitters.
- Multiple options are available to integrate the use of an existing audio systems depending upon equipment used by the student.
1. The Dual Wireless Microphone System, which provides for two microphone inputs and two audio outputs (USB and 3.5mm) provides for the simplest integrated setup. The teacher uses only the Dual wireless microphone system (one mic, one transmitter) which transmits his/her audio to the Dual system’s receiver which is connected to the PC’s USB port to provide a high-fidelity audio signal and connection necessary for real-time captioning. The existing FM/DM system’s transmitter can be connected via a standard 3.5mm audio cable to the Dual system receiver’s audio-out jack. Using the audio port on an FM/DM system’s transmitter may be acceptable, but might not be ideal. Using a mixer instead (such as Phonak’s Multimedia Hub) might be a better solution.
2. Another option, which might be preferred if more devices are involved, is to connect all microphones and external audio sources to a mixer (such as Phonak’s Multimedia Hub) which in turn transmits the audio to the student’s hearing devices and is also connected to the PC’s USB port using a standard 3.5mm audio cable and a Pure Audio USB Adapter which is listed on the Purchasing Interact-AS webpage.
3. If the student uses a Personal Streamer (such as the Phonak ComPilot) then the FM/DM system can be removed from the setup. The wireless microphone system, worn by the teacher and connected to the computer) provides the high-fidelity audio signal for captioning and the computer simultaneously transmits the audio signal (via Bluetooth or cable) to the Personal Streamer. If a pass-around mic or other external audio sources are not regularly used, this might be the best option.