Liberator Rugged 8

Liberator announces an entirely new product concept, a new breed of device designed and built for the rigors of the field, with resistance to Water, Dust, Scratches and Drops (with a proof rating of IP 66 the internal frame is able to withstand a 1.2 meter drop at any angle)

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The Liberator Rugged 8 (LR8) supersedes the popular LR7 product that has been a mainstay of the company’s product range for over 6 years. Just as the V2 version of the original LR7 markedly improved the breed, the LR8 represents another leap forward. This product is the one the AAC market, & in particular the Autism sector, has been waiting for, & here it is! The whole Liberator Team is thrilled to at last be able to include it in our free Trial Scheme, for your appraisal.

The LR8 is a completely new AAC device & is unique to Liberator. The screen is technologically advanced. It is incredibly tough with 3 layers of Gorilla-Glass protection whilst providing increased brightness at 450lm. The casing is massively-strong with a design that avoids the weakness of the LR7’s reliance on molded screw-posts.

The basic look is reassuringly similar to the tried & tested LR7. Yet, at 780g, it is lighter & slimmer. The LR8 profile (22cm x 14cm) is only marginally larger than the LR7 (20cm x 13cm). A faster processor ensures fast page transition without discernible lags.

With the same IP68 rating as the LR7, this military spec tablet is perfectly suited to the demands of every AAC environment. The LR8 is able to withstand drops, knocks, scratches, water, dust, & sand.

A carry case is included.

Speech Options

The Liberator Rugged 8 comes with 2 speech engines, Acapela and Ivona.


Acapela is a Text-to-Speech engine option available for Chat devices.

  • 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 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 LAMP Words for Life model

LAMP – Words for Life™ is a full English vocabulary augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language app that combines the power of the Unity® language system with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™) principles and strategies. LAMP™ is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles as well as clinical experiences that address the language development and communication needs of children with autism. It provides a consistent motor pattern for words and a systematic way to develop communication skills allowing for unlimited language growth opportunities. More than 10,000 parents, caregivers, teachers, and clinicians have been trained on LAMP™ worldwide and significant gains in communication ability have been witnessed and documented.

3 Vocab Files are included;

  • LAMP 84 location Full
  • LAMP 84 Location One Hit
  • LAMP 84 Transition

Standard Vocabulary Files on Chat model

Liberator Rugged 8’s are pre-loaded with 57 different vocabularies including the following;

  • 4 Basic
  • Basic Scan
  • Communication Journey: Aphasia
  • Explore Access
  • Intermediate Scan
  • Multichat 15
  • myCore
  • myQuickChat
  • Spelling
  • VocabPC Adolescent
  • WordPower (formerly called ChatPower)

Symbols Sets

The Liberator Rugged 8 includes both Symbolstix (Chat software only version) 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.

Colour Options

Grey only

Standard Configuration

  • 8″ (20cm) high resolution screen; Direct Touch Access Only
  • Word Prediction
  • Abbreviation Expansion
  • SymbolStix™ and PCS™ symbols are both included (on NOVA Chat model)
  • Social Chat shares text easily with Facebook and Twitter
  • Improved file transferring (more stable/quicker transfers)
  • Compatible with Desktop Chat Editor suite (USB) included
  • Vocabulary files for both literate and emerging literate clients
  • Acapela and Ivona speech engines with Aussie Voices
  • Based upon military-specifications (MIL-STD-810G/Method516.6/Procedure IV standard) and with a proof rating of IP 68
  • In-built Phone capabilities (SIM required)
  • Android Operating System
  • Front and Rear Cameras
  • In-built Wi-Fi
  • Colour options available – grey only
  • Carry Case included
  • Size: 22cm x 14cm 
  • Weight: 780gms
  • 3 year warranty
  • Display Size 20 cms
  • Digitized Speech Memory n/a
  • Battery Life more than 15 hours (with typical AAC usage)

Features & Benifits

Designed for individuals who will primarily be using symbols for communication, the Liberator Rugged 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 Liberator Rugged 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.

Liberator Rugged 8 model

Non-Dedicated, Dedicated

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