Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)’s new effort, it is introducing eye control to its X1 cable platform, that the company says will enhance the experience of watching TV for the millions of people with the physical disabilities. The new tool of eye control lets the customers change the channels, and also pull up the X1 programming guide, it also set DVR recordings, and navigate via other menus of cable box using only their eyes.
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) says that it is also supporting basically all the famous eye gaze hardware and the software on market in order to make the feature as accessible as possible by including the devices from Tobii plus “Sip-and-Puff switches and other assistive technologies.” The president of Tobii, Tara Rudnicki said, “we are pleased to see how Comcast continues to make their products and solutions accessible.”
The customers, to use eye control, can sign into the Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)’s web-based remote control and also link it to their cable account. “From that point forward, each time the customer gazes at a button, the web-based remote sends the corresponding command to the television.” A customer can also use the eye control, aside from the core functions, to type out X1 voice commands, similarly requesting a certain channel or search for a specific genre or show.
Among the cable operators, the Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)’s move into eye control is fairly unique. And many other companies such as Optimum and Spectrum offer the accessibility functions like the readouts of what’s on screen, large-button remotes, voice controls, and narration of select channels. The company is also hopefully introducing the option, which will prompt the other cable providers to do same things.