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New talking TV technology assists the visually impaired

Ben Drawbaugh

It is easy to forget that just because you can't see very well doesn't mean you don't want to watch TV -- or at least listen. So for those in the need, Ocean Blue Software and the charity RNIB are going to bring a "talking TV" to the market later this year. The long and the short of it is that in the age of on-screen program guides and DVRs, that just being able to find the channel and volume buttons on the remote isn't enough, so to make things easier this new technology will give voice feedback for on screen menus and guide data. Personally we'd also suggest a big TV and maybe a STB with a great zoom feature -- but then again, we'd always suggest the biggest TV you can't afford, so perhaps that goes without saying.

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