|The new talking set top box was announced today by the Minister of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephan Conroy. |
"For the first time in Australia, vision impaired people will be able to enjoy significantly enhanced benefits of digital television," said Conroy.
The talking set top box will read out onscreen menus, electronic program guides, and settings of their television.
The box uses text-to-speech technology to describe programs, menu items, and menu layouts. It benefits from a 'key-learn' feature for the remote control and can have its speech style changed.
"This kind of technology has been developed in other countries, however, no talking set-top box was available in the Australian market until now," Conroy said.
"Today's announcement coincides with Queensland Disability Action Week and marks a significant achievement for the Government and industry to make digital TV accessible to all Australians."