Change TV Channel Using Your Eyes with Xfinity X1 Eye Control

Electronics/Software

Author: Comcast
Published: 2019/06/19 - Updated: 2023/10/09
Publication Type: Product Release / Update
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Xfinity X1 users with disabilities like spinal cord injuries or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can now use their eyes to change channels, set a recording or search for shows. X1 eye control allows viewers to change the channel, set a recording, search for a show and more, all with a glance. In the U.S., more than 48 million people live with physical disabilities, making seemingly everyday tasks more difficult.

Introduction

Comcast have just launched a feature that gives people with physical disabilities like 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, search for a show and more, all with a glance.

Main Digest

In the U.S., more than 48 million people live with physical or mobility disabilities and every day about 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, a disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These disabilities can often make seemingly everyday tasks more difficult.

Changing the Channel

"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," said Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President Accessibility at Comcast. "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."

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Man in a wheelchair navigates the channels on a large screen TV in his lounge room by using Comcast X1 eye control.
Man in a wheelchair navigates the channels on a large screen TV in his lounge room by using Comcast X1 eye control.
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Philadelphia resident Jimmy Curran has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition that affects the part of the nervous system that controls muscle movement, and was among the first customers to get the new X1 eye control technology.

X1 eye control is free and uses a web page remote control that works seamlessly with existing eye gaze hardware and software, Sip-and-Puff switches and other assistive technologies. To make X1 eye control work, Xfinity customers can 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.

"We are pleased to see how Comcast continues to make their products and solutions accessible," said Tara Rudnicki, President North America Tobii Dynavox, a leading provider of touch and eye tracking assistive technology hardware and software. "As an assistive technology company, we want to empower our users to live independent lives. With the X1 eye control now enabled with eye gaze, it will come to great use for many of them."

With X1 Eye Control, Customers Can

"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."

How to Use Comcast X1 Eye Control

Comcast is committed to making its products, services and programming more accessible.

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This quality-reviewed publication was selected for publishing by the editors of Disabled World due to its significant relevance to the disability community. Originally authored by Comcast, and published on 2019/06/19 (Edit Update: 2023/10/09), the content may have been edited for style, clarity, or brevity. For further details or clarifications, Comcast can be contacted at comcast.com. NOTE: Disabled World does not provide any warranties or endorsements related to this article.

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