Portable Speech Device?

A family member has just had a surgery in which they will not be able to speak. I am looking for a durable portable speech device (not software) that will allow them to type out words that will be played out of speakers . All I seem to find is Laptops (with software installed) which I feel will not last. Any... show more A family member has just had a surgery in which they will not be able to speak. I am looking for a durable portable speech device (not software) that will allow them to type out words that will be played out of speakers . All I seem to find is Laptops (with software installed) which I feel will not last. Any brand names or personal experience would help greatly. Thanks
Update: yes they would never be able to talk again. I would really appreciate any information!
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