American telecommunications giant Comcast has created a web-based remote designed to enhance the overall TV viewing experience for people with disabilities.
This remote can be operated with a user's eye movements and is designed to fit onto modern computers as well as tablets. For a lot of us, switching between TV channels is a mindless task; however, that isn't always the case for people with certain types of disabilities, especially if they have limited mobility.
Comcast is leaving no stone unturned to make TV viewing less burdensome for people with disabilities. Touted as America's second-largest multichannel video service provider, Comcast has designed a web-based TV remote that fits onto tablets and PCs.
Essentially, the remote enables users to perform multiple tasks such as recording shows, switching between channels and searching their favorite shows using just their eyes. While details about the remote's launch in India are still scarce, many people with disabilities are curious to know more about this potentially life-changing device, especially the price tag it will be carrying.
Maitreya Shah, a visually impaired law student from Ahmedabad, believes that the remote will prove to be highly beneficial for a lot of people living with disabilities. While people normally associate assistive technologies to things like talking TV, Maitreya says an eye-controlled device to change channels is something he has never heard of before.
"People with restricted functioning, cerebral palsy, or those who are paralyzed are definitely going to benefit from this," disability Rights Activist Maitreya told NewzHook.
Much to the relief of many people like Maitreya, it looks like Comcast has managed to come up with something truly inclusive, he added.
Using this Comcast device is designed to be extremely easy. First off, you need to pair the remote with your set-top box, and simply look at a button for transmitting commands to your TV set. Alternatively, a user can type out voice commands to perform specific tasks.
Comcast has already tested the remote with some US-based users, and as expected, it garnered positive feedback. Wheelchair user Priya Bhargava says it is a piece of good news for people with disabilities that big brands like Comcast are showing interest in making inclusive products.
"I always appreciate efforts taken for people with disabilities," says Priya, a motivational speaker, and a beauty pageant winner.
She believes it is imperative for companies to come up with inexpensive, yet effective equipment that can cater to the needs of people with disabilities, including things like electric lights or fans that can be switched on or off with just the blink of an eye or voice commands. An invention like that could come in handy for thousands of people with disabilities.
We're excited to see the kind of impact this new device can bring.
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