PHILADELPHIA — Comcast has launched a feature that gives people with physical disabilities such as spinal cord injuries or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the ability to navigate their television using only their eyes.
Xfinity X1 eye control is a web-based remote for tablets and computers that pairs with an existing eye gaze system and allows viewers to change the channel, set a recording and search for a show, all with a glance, the company said in a release.
Comcast cited statistics that say more than 48 million people live with physical or mobility disabilities and that every day about 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
X1 eye control is free and uses a web page remote control that works with existing eye gaze hardware and software, Sip-and-Puff switches and other assistive technologies, the company said.
To make X1 eye control work, customers visit xfin.tv/access and use their credentials to pair the web-based remote with their set-top box. From that point forward, each time the customer gazes at a button, the web-based remote sends the corresponding command to the television.