We’re committed to making our products and services accessible to everyone, no matter their abilities. For instance, we spoke in April with Jimnahs, an autism advocate and Xfinity customer in Connecticut, about the ways Xfinity has helped improve her and her autistic son’s daily routine.
Today, this commitment continues with the launch of 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 free web-based remote for tablets and computers that pairs with an existing eye gaze system. It allows viewers to have control over their Xfinity X1 television entertainment and features, all with a glance.
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. With X1 eye control, customers can easily change the channel, search for content, set a recording, bring up X1 apps, access additional accessibility features like closed captioning and voice guidance and more.
For more on today’s announcement, go here https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-launches-eye-control-for-television.