Panasonic plans to release a new line of televisions in March with text-to-speech capabilities, according to a podcast from the UK-based show Early Edition. According to Panasonic's Nigel Prankard, users will be able to obtain channel information, browse the user guide, and use the built-in electronic program guide among other features. Prankard explained that the company felt it was the right time to include accessibility features and that Panasonic planned to include it in all models, stating that a user shouldn't be limited in the choice of a television by which ones included accessibility features. The voice heard in the background of the podcast appears to be a form of Nuance's Vocalizer, and indeed Apple is credited in part for proving the technology could be added without much additional cost. This initial wave of televisions appears to be targeted toward the UK market. We'll post more information as we find it. Check the link on this post to listen to the podcast. Thanks to Carmello for the tip. Via Insight RadioSource: Go to source
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.