Comcast's new remote control allows viewers to change channel with their eyes

 

Comcast is offering a new fantastic accessibility feature for people with limited mobility . Its new remote control allows viewers to change the channel with their eyes, set a recording, search for a show and more.

It uses a web page remote control that works seamlessly with eye gaze hardware and software, Sip-and-Puff switches and other assistive technologies. Sip-and-Puff switches are an assistive technology used to send signals to a device using air pressure by "sipping" (inhaling) or "puffing" (exhaling) on a straw, tube or "wand"

Check Jimmy Curran's video. He has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is one of the first users of Comcast eye control technology.

Comcast has been a pioneer in TV accessibility. In previous years it launched the first talking TV guide and introduced a voice remote control. Now, this new technology allows people with limited mobility to watch TV without the assistance of another person.

Our congratulations to Comcast for their work making TV viewing accessible to everyone.

 

Sources: 

- "Comcast Launches Eye-Control For The Television." Comcast, June 17-2019, https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-launches-eye-control-for-television

- Quito, Anne. "Comcast’s new remote control feature allows viewers to change the channel with their eyes." Quartz, June 17-2019, https://qz.com/1645590/comcast-remote-control-lets-viewers-change-channel-with-their-eyes/