Innovative tech allows disabled people to change the TV channel using their eyes
US cable giant Comcast has announced a new feature for its customers that enables people with physical disabilities to change the channel, set a recording or search for a show using only their eyes.
Xfinity, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, which provides consumer cable television, internet, telephone, and wireless services, revealed the Xfinity X1 eye control, a web-based remote for tablets and computers that pairs with an existing eye gaze system and allows viewers to change the TV channel, record programmes, search for a show and more.
Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President Accessibility at Comcast, commented: “Changing the channel on a TV is something most of us take for granted but until now, it was a near-impossible task for millions of viewers.
“When you make a product more inclusive you create a better experience for everyone and we’re hoping our new X1 feature makes a real difference in the lives of our customers.”
X1 eye control is free and uses a web page remote control that works with existing eye gaze hardware and software as well as other assistive devices.
“Comcast knows that TV and media access is a powerful part of life for most people,” said David Dikter, CEO, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA). “That X1 can now be used with eye gaze and an array of other assistive technologies shows a new level of commitment to access and independence for persons with disabilities.
“A company that understands that users have their own specialized technology and works to bridge these technologies in a way that delivers value, deserves applause.”