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Philips televisions and video players now offer enhanced accessibility for
the visually impaired:
6/26/2017 08:00:00 PM
Philips brand televisions and video players now offers Enhanced
Accessibility to allow blind and visually impaired users to control the
devices’ functions. Adding Enhanced Accessibility to products entails the
addition of voice guide descriptive menus, easy to read user interface,
guide dots on remote controls, easy access to closed captioning/subtitles
and secondary audio, easy access to support, and an easy way to identify
these products both at retail and on the Philips website with the help of
an Enhanced Accessibility logo.
The user interface voice guide and other features are new requirements
established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as part of the
Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
(CVAA). The new rules mandate that certain built-in functions in TVs,
Blu-ray players, and DVD players, among other consumer electronics products,
be usable by individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The deadline
for meeting the new requirements was December 20 2016.
Remote controls on the affected Philips products feature guide dots so that
users can easily control key functions, such as power on/off, volume
adjustment and mute, channel selection, playback functions, input
selection, and other important functions. The new rules mandate that any
key functions available only via an on-screen menu must offer user interface
voice guides, with the menu options spoken and user selections audibly
Philips groups these new capabilities under its Enhanced Accessibility
feature set, which also includes an easy-to-read and navigate user
interface, large format support information, and closed captioning, a
long-mandated requirement for assisting the hearing impaired.
“The FCC regulations on Enhanced Accessibility allow us to design our
products so they can be enjoyed by more consumers,” said Karl Bearnarth,
executive vice president, sales and marketing, P&F USA, Inc., the exclusive
North American licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home video
products. “We took this initiative very seriously and were determined to
ensure that our entire line of TVs and video players, including basic DVD
players, met the requirements and that they were as intuitive as possible
to use for those who are visually impaired.”
The full line of Philips Enhanced Accessibility enabled TVs can be seen
Omoton Bluetooth keyboard
By Cheryl Spencer
well, back to the techy stuff. I attended our last I Access meeting a couple
of weeks ago and part of the meeting consist of a show and tell session.
This is when we all take turns asking a question, sharing a tip or trick,
off a new gadget or toy we have acquired.
This brings me to the spotlight gadget of the month. it is a taDaaaa, an
Omoton Bluetooth keyboard. I hear you, what’s ALL THE FUSS? Well, this
keyboard is lightweight, sexy, slim and has a tactile on off switch. There
is also a
pairing button you can actually feel. It works well with iDevices and will
pair up with other devices as well. Another thing I especially like is that
it takes 2 triple A batteries as opposed to having to be recharged.
So, I can still hear you muttering, well, big deal, and that brings me to
the big deal. Yes, it is a big deal, the price is what I call a deal! On
Amazon, it has a $13.99 price tag. I couldn’t pass on a deal like that so I
ordered one for
myself and have since ordered a few more to give as gifts. I highly
I have had other keyboards, but found it difficult to turn them on and off.
However, with this one I just push the switch on and off. I love this