LG Electronics announced that they will supply 15,000 TVs for people with hearing or visual impairments by the end of 2018. The company won an order from the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and the Community Media Foundation.
Under the contract, people with low income or visual or hearing impairments will receive TV sets at no cost.
An LG spokesman declined to comment on how much money the firm was paid, but said the firm won the contract as it “developed TV sets specially designed for people with visual or hearing impairments.”
The KCC has provided TVs at no cost every year. In 2017, the state-run agency gave away 12,000 TVs but it increased the number to 15,000 this year. Samsung Electronics won the contract in 2016 and 2017.
Compared to 28-inch TVs that Samsung supplied in 2017, LG’s TV has a 32-inch display. LG said people will receive their TVs by December.
LG said it strengthened a captioning feature as the subtitles are shown on a separate display below the screen. It also made the subtitle screen larger to provide bigger subtitles. Users can also customize the subtitle’s location, text size and background color.
The TV also has a voice guidance feature so users can learn how to use every feature of the product. LG said the TV will have a feature that describes TV scenes by voice.
The TV comes with a simple remote control system so users are allowed to zoom in on the scene by 300 percent.
“It is our pleasure to provide products that can become our customers’ eyes and ears,” a marketing official of LG said. “We will keep trying to contribute to society with products that can enhance customers’ quality of life.”
Source: Korea Times