Talking TV Technology For The Blind

We would like to introduce our Talking TV technology, an advanced digital TV set top box assistive living solution that has been developed by Ocean Blue Software and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Talking TV has been designed to allow blind and partially sighted people to access their television programme guide and menu items for the first time, thus being able to enjoy their Digital TV experience.

The talking TV technology will vocalise/speak to the user the following:

  • TV content/Information from onscreen TV programme.
  • Set up menus and also provides online Help information for a TV guide

Example Features and Functions:

European HD TV Compliant standards

  • Advanced Text-to-Speech (TTS)
  • Simplified User Interface
  • Programme Guide/Menu Colour selection
  • Variable Text size selection
  • Variable Voice speed selection
  • TTS beginner/expert mode
  • Grid view / List view EPG

Advanced, tactile remote control
Female/Male Voice
Adopted to your country’s language

Award Winning Product

The award winning technology is the result of a development project between Ocean Blue Software and RNIB, the UK’s leading sight loss charity. The technology has won a number of awards including the CSI Award 2011 for Best Customer Premise Technology (further information here) and an IABM Award for Excellence in Design and Innovation.

With digital switchover taking place in many countries around the world, the need to address the issue of accessibility is imminent. For example, as part of the Digital Switchover scheme the Australian government have invested millions to provide the elderly with digital Talking set-top boxes that contain Ocean Blue’s award winning, advanced text-to-speech software.

Adapted to your Country’s Language

We would like to work with you to adapt the Talking TV into your country’s language, which can then be made available in local set top boxes or televisions. Consumer Electronic products must be made accessible to all and most governments endorse and support this initiative. We believe this technology will become standard in every television and set top box throughout the world over the next 5 years. We now have Talking STB’s in German and French languages for example.

A video demonstration of our development and a factsheet are from available here:

For further information, Please contact:
Tracy Liu
Administrative Officer

Ocean Blue Software (HK) Ltd.
Unit 320, Core Building 2
No. 1 Science Park West Avenue
Hong Kong Science Park, Shatin
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3524 7788
Fax: +852 3524 7787

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