Key Bullet Points
Present Pal displays no more than 3-5 key bullet points on the screen at once.
This is the suggested optimum level of detail per page for someone who is dyslexic. Any more can overload the poor working memory leading to increased anxiety and failure to deliver words as intended.
"The bullet points were small and easy to keep tabs of." - Tayler, dyslexic student
Pop up Bubbles
Pop up bubbles act as a safety net for the user by providing all the information of a script but in an accessible fashion compared to flashcards.
This gives the presenter more confidence by reducing the anxiety experienced when relying exclusively on working memory.
"It is easy to use, the speech bubbles for additional information are very useful." - Rachel, dyslexic student
MAGNIFIED Scrolling Feature
Present Pal guides users through their presentation with the current bullet point appearing significantly larger than the others around it.
This allows the presenter to look up and engage with the audience without the fear of losing their place.
"It keeps you on track so that you're not all over the place!" - Emma, student
VISUAL STRESS PREFERENCES
Present Pal can be personalised to reduce the visual stress of users.
- A choice of 11 colour overlays
- A choice of 12 fonts
- An option to reduce or enlarge font face
An example of the user's preferences will display at the bottom of the screen to help the decide which options give them the least visual stress.
"Present Pal helps makes notes more legible...very simple and effective way of displaying info" - James, student
Present Pal has the ability to link with the user's desktop through a mobile hotspot to retrieve existing PowerPoint files. This link allows PowerPoint content to be transferred across to the user's smartphone or tablet.
The user can then edit their notes on Present Pal, such as adding pop-up bubbles.
Present Pal's integration with PowerPoint also allows the user to fully control their slides, alike a clicker. This means there is no need for additional slide changing remote controls which can increase anxiety.