British firm develops the first accessible set-top box

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 14:48pm

The British firm Ocean Blue Software, in collaboration with ST Microelectronics, TW Electronics and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), has developed the world’s first ‘talking’ digital set-top box, called the Chatterbox.

When a channel is changed on the box, a voice reads out the title of the new program that has been turned on, the duration, and whether it has captions or audio description. A demonstration video is available for viewing on the Ocean Blue website.

The Chatterbox was demonstrated earlier this month at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. It is expected to go on sale in the UK soon, while Ocean Blue is currently looking for a partner to bring it to the US arket.

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