Comcast recently introduced a new kind of eye-tracking remote control software that has the potential to help millions of people with physical disabilities. The eye-enabled remote system was specifically developed for those with ALS or muscular dystrophy, and addresses a common problem for many—Jimmy Curran, a Philadelphia-based research analyst and author who has spinal muscular atrophy, was one of the first people to try the innovation from Comcast, noting: When I have company, we’ll be watching something. And then when they leave, I’m stuck watching whatever has been left on the TV.”
The new eye-tracking remote control from Comcast introduces an easy-to-use interface with a tracker that can be plugged into a tablet or a computer with a USB port. From there, Xfinity customers can access their account through a web page and launches the on-screen remote interface.