Best Buy Debuts Talking HD Radio
Best Buy last week previewed the first-ever "talking" HD Radio product. Known as The Narrator, the product is being released under the company's Insignia brand name and was developed in conjunction with the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS).
It was previewed at the IAAIS' annual convention. It will arrive in July for $99.
"We chose to partner with the IAAIS to help identify and solve for the everyday technology needs of people with visual disabilities. The Narrator eliminates the need to see the display. Audible voice prompts tell the user which button was pressed, and when the radio's functions are activated," senior product manager Mike Dahnert said as part of the announcement. "The Narrator has universal appeal, but is designed to be simple for a person who cannot see the display to operate."