My first post here. (I sincerely hope it's within the scope of allowed posts I didn't know where else to turn).
I plan to do a project for a ninety-year old mother who is rapidly losing her eyesight and leads a relatively cheerless life.
She sits alone at home watching basic cable and doesn't have an internet connection. She has a huge remote control with 60 tiny buttons and is basically confused by the whole thing.
I just want to put on a hard disk a library of films and/or audiobooks so that she can navigate through them and watch at her leisure.
I've decided she needs a simple joystick with 6 large configurable buttons. I would need to find out some way that titles might be automatically read to her (as she scrolls down prior to selection).
A GUI providing HUGE text on the monitor might suffice...but I believe the text-to-speech feature might be the most difficult problem.
If the titles are read to her, a GUI is almost a moot point.
XBMC, I see, has some text-to-speech features...although I cannot determine whether it would be something that would require her sight to navigate through the interface to "get to" the content. (Further, I cannot determine whether the menu itself is read by the gui--allowing for "sightless" navigation)
I need a GUI to open with a list immediatey upon booting (through which she can simply scroll and select content).
My simple question is whether it is possible with the PI and whether it seems like this is an achievable goal.
On the off-chance that someone could point me in the right direction, I would endlessly appreciate it.