[AI] Talking TV?!

Amrit Pal amritpal22 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 00:12:29 EDT 2010

It's an encouraging development. Someone should take charge of this 
development here in India, too.
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Subject: [AI] Talking TV?!

> World's first talking TV now a reality
> June 8th, 2010 - 13:36 UTC
> by Andy Sennitt.
> TVs that can talk to their owners are now a reality thanks to British 
> high-tech company, Ocean Blue Software. Expected in UK stores by the end 
> of the summer, the company's low cost text-to-speech technology, dubbed 
> "Talk at TV", is being built into set top boxes from Korean company, Arion 
> Technology, which will be branded and distributed by major retailers in 
> the UK from August.
> The new set top boxes are like regular Freeview or satellite boxes, but 
> will be able to talk to their blind or partially-sighted owners - 
> advising, via speech technology, the TV programming schedule, for example 
> what's on and when. Owners will be able to adjust the speed and verbosity 
> of the voice to suit their needs, choose to enlarge or reduce font sizes 
> and change background and text colours. A re-designed and easy to use 
> remote control will also be included.
> The technology has been developed in partnership with digital TV chip 
> giant, STMicroelectronics, whose processors lie at the heart of most TVs 
> and set top boxes. Phase two of the development will introduce voice 
> activation technology to allow owners to talk back to their TV sets - 
> "channel up", "channel down", "volume up".
> "The digital switchover has multiplied the number of channels to 40 plus, 
> for UK consumers, making navigation very difficult for the visually 
> impaired," said Ken Helps, CEO of Ocean Blue Software. "This technology is 
> a step forward to making digital TV accessible to all sectors of the 
> community".
> Ocean Blue's Talk at TV will be available in different languages and 
> dialects; the UK version supports both the Scottish Gaelic and Welsh 
> language for example. The technology behind Talk at TV is a derivative of the 
> pioneering work and development between the Royal National Institute for 
> the Blind (RNIB) and Ocean Blue over the last three years. The development 
> won an IABM Award for Excellence in Design and Innovation, was nominated 
> for a Royal Television Society award and shortlisted for an IMS TV 
> Innovation award in the USA.
> The Arion Talking set top box will be available in a number of UK 
> retailers.
> (Source: Ocean Blue Software/Arion Technology)
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