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Comcast Creates Eye-Control Remote for Disabled Users

Comcast has created eye-tracking technology for disabled people to operate a television by using their eyes.

Everyone wants to be a part of the technological revolution by getting the latest devices and services. Some tech companies, like Comcast, are making sure that all people have a chance to enjoy technology by creating the eye-controlled remote. This remote gives disabled people the ability to operate a television just by moving their eyes.

How Does it Work?

The eye-control remote was created based on existing eye-tracking technology. The existing system, used by companies like Tobii Pro, consist of cameras, projectors, and mathematical algorithms. A computer used for eye tracking has projectors that create a pattern of infrared light on the eyes. Then sensors read high-frame-rate images of a user’s eyes and process specific details in a person’s eyes and reflection patterns to create algorithms to process images. The details from the algorithm will calculate an eye’s position and gaze point on a computer monitor.

Comcast brought in technology expert Tom Wlodkowski to create a version of this technology for their own remotes. He had an impressive background after making AOL more functional for those with physical and visual impairments and also create AIM Relay, which helps those who are deaf or speech disabled to make phone calls.

Wlodkowski was able to pair the eye-tracking technology with a web interface so Comcast customers can go to a web browser, log in to their account, and pair their accessibility computer screen with their television set. In addition to the existing software, Comcast’s device is compatible with Sip-and-Puff technology, which assists a person to use electronic devices through inhaling and exhaling into a tube.

Who Uses It?

The new technology was designed after a Comcast board member found that his disabled sister couldn’t use the standard remote. This eye-controlled remote was created with those who have disabilities in mind. While they only serve a specific market now, Wlodkowski said that creating inclusive technology will eventually make products better for everyone. His example was voice recognition, which was originally geared toward blind people but has since become a popular feature for those who want to type hands-free.

The innovative leap goes beyond just changing television channels to include:

  • Searching for movies
  • Adjusting the volume
  • Turning on closed captioning
  • Typing out specific commands
  • Controlling connected smart devices through Comcast’s Xfinity Home services

Variety of Uses for Eye-Tracking Technology

Applications of eye tracking go beyond helping those who are physically handicapped. There are several practical uses for this innovative solution including:

  • Detecting medical applications for diseases like Alzheimer’s, ADHD, or concussions at an earlier stage to start treatment.
  • Ensuring assembly line workers have viewed the critical areas of products in factories.
  • Web designers can discover which elements attract website visitor’s attention and marketers can strategically place ads.

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