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Comcast unveils a remote for changing channels with your eyes

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17.06.2019

I’m sitting on a couch in front of a giant flat-screen television, and after staring intently at the tablet in front of me, I manage to put on a daytime rerun of NCIS without lifting a finger.

Today, the telecommunications corporation Comcast is launching a new interface that enables anyone to use just their eyeballs to channel surf. It doesn’t require fancy hardware or expensive equipment: All it takes is an off-the-shelf eye tracker, a tablet or computer, and the company’s internet-connected Xfinity X1 Cloud DVR.

The digital eye-enabled remote was designed primarily for people with disabilities, like ALS or muscular dystrophy, who have difficulty using physical remote controls (though anyone who’s interested can use it). Jimmy Curran, a Philadelphia-based research analyst and author who has spinal muscular atrophy, was one of the product’s first customers. In a moving video that Comcast produced for the announcement, Curran describes how he has lived independently since college but that there are certain things he still needs help with. “When I have company, we’ll be watching something,” he says. “And then when they leave, I’m stuck watching whatever has been left on the TV.”

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