Goodmans Smart Talk Freeview box November 2010

Smart Talk Freeview digital box from Goodmans - GDB20TTS

The Smart Talk digital box from Goodmans is a Freeview set-top box designed for partially-sighted or blind users - or those who struggle with technology. The box's groundbreaking feature is its 'talking' electronic programme guide (EPG), which despite being slightly robotic, is a great aid to users with impaired vision.

Goodmans Smart Talk Freeview box

The Goodmans GDB20TTS, or better known as the Smart Talk digital box from Goodmans, is a Freeview set-top box that features a 'talking' electronic programme guide (EPG) and 'talks' you through the setting up options and on-screen menus.

The Smart Talk Freeview digital box from Goodmans has been designed for partially-sighted or blind users, or simply those who struggle to get to grips with new technology. Not only have these consumers been considered with the introduction of the box's 'talking' feature, but also in the design and lay out of the remote control.

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The Smart Talk Freeview digital box from Goodmans 'reads' aloud all the commands and instructions that appear on the screen. It tells you the channel, the time, and even the programme synopsis.

The volume and speed of the speech can be adjusted, and the box can be set to a basic or expert mode. In the basic mode all prompts and instructions are read, which may become quite irritating after prolonged use, while in the more advanced mode fewer instructions are read.

The electronic programme guide (EPG) can provide you with information on upcoming programmes for up to seven days. The box also supports audio description (AD), which is a service broadcast with some programmes that gives an audio description of what's happening on the screen.

The box receives standard definition Freeview and has one Scart socket. It doesn't have the ability to record.

We'll fully lab-test the Smart Talk Freeview digital box from Goodmans, so keep an eye out for its full review coming to our set-top box report.

The box has been designed in association with the RNIB. It's available from Currys Megastores and John Lewis.

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