Chipset helps blind people control their TV

London, UK – Britain’s Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has developed the world’s first ‘talking’ technology for televisions.

The new ‘talking’ chipset will allow blind users to hear on-screen text such as TV programme guides, digital displays and menus.

Steve Tyler, the RNIB’s Head of Innovation & Disability Access Services commented: “We are really excited by this development as it has the potential to significantly improve the lives of nearly eight  million people in the UK alone. These include the blind, visually impaired, deaf, severely dyslexic and the elderly who can all benefit from this advance in technology.”

The system will work in several languages, and can me adapted to individual needs. The user interface includes multiple, high-contrast colur schemes, variable sized fonts and extensive help features. It is operated through a remote control console.

The RNIB is also investigating how talking technology can be integrated into other screen-based technologies, including DAB digital radios.