Comcasts new remote control lets you channel surf with your eyes

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Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2:07 See it Post a comment Abt Electronics Tags Comcast’s Xfinity X1 eye control is a web-based remote that pairs with eye gaze systems. Comcast My eyes follow a little cartoon cow from the top left to the bottom right of a Microsoft Surface screen. There’s a reason I’m staring so intensely — and it’s not because it’s adorable. Both of my pupils are dilated by the act, but in less than five seconds they will be paired with a new virtual remote control system, the Comcast Xfinity X1 eye control. After this calibration ends, I can now access the virtual keyboard on the Microsoft Surface. By staring at specific buttons on this virtual keyboard in my internet browser, I can flip through different channels on the connected TV behind the computer. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, on Monday released this new virtual keyboard, compatible with laptops and computers, to help you navigate your TV screen with the power of your gaze.This virtual keyboard is the latest example of how companies are working to make their products and services accessible to the disability community. For instance, at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Apple announced Voice Control, an accessibility feature that allows users with motor limitations to browse their iOS devices by simply speaking directions. Similarly, Google at its annual I/O conference in May announced a Live Caption feature that transcribes videos and audio in real time, meant to benefit deaf users. Comcast’s customizable virtual keyboard is accessed via the URL, and it will be available to people with both the existing Comcast Xfinity platform and third-party assistive eye-tracking technology from companies such as Tobi. Customers can use the technology to not only change the channel, but also launch the TV guide, search for content or record a movie. While the keyboard is available to anyone with the Xfinity X1 cable TV platform and a browser, the technology is intended to benefit people who cannot use their hands well enough to handle a remote control, including people with ALS or spinal cord injuries — or for those who just need to use a voice-controlled device.During my trial of the Xfinity X1 eye control, Comcast repeatedly referenced how the product could assist those with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that gets worse with time and causes people to lose control of their muscle movement. There are more than 30,000 Americans and 450,000 in total worldwide with the condition, according to the ALS Therapy Institute. “Disability isn’t a one-size fits all … We have to be able to spend that time with the customer and understand what they’re trying to accomplish,” said Tom Wlodkowski, who heads up the accessibility team at Comcast. “And then assess what equipment, what services we have that can line up with their needs … to deliver the experience they’re looking for.”Jimmy Curran, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was one of the first to receive the new X1 eye control system. Philadelphia resident Jimmy Curran, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was one of the first to receive the new X1 eye control system. Comcast A keyboard layered with optionsThe Xfinity X1 eye control system does require some discipline. If you aren’t used to the technology, a distracted gaze could mean clicking on the wrong TV channel.Fortunately, the keyboard is customizable, which means there are options for using your eyes. Instead of using the dwelling feature to select keys based on the length of your gaze, you can opt to blink to make a selection. You can also adjust how long you want to gaze or how much you want to blink for the keyboard to select optionsWlodkowski, who has two decades’ worth of creating tech for people with disabilities, says the company’s long-term vision with the platform isn’t just about making watching TV easier, but using its X1 platform, available in 39 states, to operate a whole smart home. “X1 is the centerpiece of what we call the operating system of the home … You can manage your home network,” said Wlodkowski. “You can arm, disarm your security system. Our job is to make sure this is as inclusive as possible.”For Comcast, accessibility has long been part of the culture. In October 2013, it opened its first dedicated center for customers with disabilities. Today, the center houses about 90 agents who handle more than 20,000 monthly interactions through calls and email, according to Wlodkwosi. Those with legacy platforms older than the Xfinity X1 can also acquire the service by calling the company’s disability customer center.”It’s less about the business opportunity … You are already paying for a service, let’s give you the most out of it,” said Wlodkowski.Correction, 7:43 a.m. PT: This story initially misspelled the name of Comcast’s accessibility head. His name is Tom Wlodkowski. Comcast Microsoft Applelast_img read more

Check out Justin Biebers cheeky post for wife Hailey Baldwin

first_imgJustin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin BieberInstagramJustin Bieber can’t get enough of his wife Hailey Baldwin Bieber. And he doesn’t mind letting the world know how he is impressed with Hailey’s sartorial choices. But looks like he went a little too far and bold with his comment.Now Hailey and Justin’s Coachella rendezvous is no secret to the world. They have been posting quite pictures and hanging out with supermodel Kendall Jenner. On Saturday, Kendall shared a few pictures on her Instagram with a caption that reads, “glow in the dark friends.” Along with a few pictures which had Kendall with Fai Khadra, there was one specific image with Kendall and Hailey. The picture sure got Bieber’s attention as he posted a comment that read, “Baes boobs” with a fire emoji.Considering how Hailey chose to wear a strapless corset top and an oversized jacket, the outfit did attract a lot of attention towards her chest. This is not the first time Justin expressed his naughty thoughts when it comes to wife Hailey Baldwin Bieber. Earlier this month, the Canadian pop star shared a picture of Hailey with the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower and penned a sweet poem for her. “Sunlight falls into the Abyss / Just like i fall into your lips / Waves crash onto the shore / My love for you grows more and more / Sound of the crickets a true meditation / I think about you, Gods greatest creation,” his poem read.Justin Bieber’s comment on Kendall’s postInstagramIn another post, he photoshopped Haley’s picture with his face and wrote, “The internet gotta chill jailey for real.” Hailey did not appreciate the humour but she sure stated how she continues to love Justin despite his quirks. She did the same by sharing a picture of Justin on her Instagram and captioned it, “my love you are an incredible man, you make me a better human being, you make me happier than I’ve ever been. Insanely proud of who you are and who you’re becoming.. I love you more every single day.”The couple has struggled through a lot of ordeals with Bieber dealing with mental illness. However, Hailey has been very supportive.last_img read more

Savar road crash kills 2

first_imgTwo people were killed and three others inured in a road accident in Pakija area on Dhaka-Aricha highway on Saturday midnight, reports news agency UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police and witnesses said the accident took place when a Dhaka-bound sand-laden truck hit a rickshaw and overturned as its driver lost control over the steering while giving side to a human hauler around 12:00 am, leaving two rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and three others injured.The injured were admitted to different local clinics.Driver and helper of the truck, however, managed to flee the spot.A case was filed.last_img read more

How Texas Shifting Demographics May Preview Larger Changes In America

first_img Share Interview HighlightsMore than a quarter of the state’s population is under 18 years old. What are the implications of that from a political standpoint?Krochmal: That population is overwhelmingly people of color, and as those folks become more politically active and more aware of the issues at stake, it has the potential to move the needle politically. Young people are really on the leading edge of several vibrant social movements that are really taking off in the state right now.At the same time, in our last presidential election in Texas, the percentage of the voting age population that actually turned out to vote was less than 50 percent. So the largest political party in Texas right now is the non-voter. And historically young people do not vote in large numbers, so it’s not clear yet which direction that will go.But in terms of political transformation, I think that the energy we see right now among young people who are engaging in the immigrant rights movement and Black Lives Matter and other struggles for justice has the potential to really upend things. Does the perception of Texas as a state where the Republican Party usually wins state offices keep Republicans and Democrats from voting in larger numbers?Krochmal: The districts have been gerrymandered in such a way that very few contested elections take place and as a result, neither party invests in much money in turning out voters or educating voters. At the individual level, people don’t have necessarily as much motivation to go and participate. Even unlikely voters will participate in politics if they’re organized to do so. If you reach that voter five times, you educate him or her about the issues, they’ll come out and vote on Election Day, even if they have no history whatsoever of doing that. What accounts for the fact that black and Latino Texans have less per capita income that Asian and white or Anglo Texans?Klineberg: There’s a whole history, of course, of racism in America that has massively redistributed income in different ways. But it’s also that we’ve become a nation of immigrants again, and it’s a bifurcated immigration stream. One group of immigrants, largely African and Asian, are coming with much higher levels of education than we have ever seen in the history of immigration. They had been banned for the 20th century from coming here and could only get here as professionals of exceptional ability.And then you have Houston as the first large city that you get to coming from the South. There used to be an invisible line that went from Corpus Christi through San Antonio to El Paso, where Latinos stayed beneath that line. And then in the 1970s, with the oil boom and the open, unoccupied buildings and new opportunities that came, then the Anglos stopped growing and the oil bust occurred, you had large numbers of Latinos coming with very low levels of education and doing the jobs in construction and restaurant work and personal services, which accounts for these growing inequalities predicated now more than ever on education. Stream the entire Think interview here.Interview responses have been lightly edited for clarity and length. SHUTTERSTOCKAmerica has a habit of following trends that occur in one of its states: Texas.The state and nation are in the midst of a demographic transformation. The 76 million babies born between 1946 and 1964, who are predominantly white, are aging. And more young Americans being born and growing up today are people of color.“No force in the world is going to stop Houston or Texas or America from becoming more African-American, more Latino, more Asian and less Anglo,” Rice University professor Steven Klineberg said. “So the only question that we have been given is: How do we make this work?” On KERA’s Think, Klineberg and Texas Christian University professor Max Krochmal talked with host Krys Boyd about how the state’s demographic shifts might preview larger changes nationwide.“And the critical necessity if we’re going to make this work is major improvements in education and opportunities for kids, many of whom are living in poverty, to be able to compete successfully in the global knowledge economy of the 21st century,” Klineberg said.last_img read more

Tiger on Delhis mind

first_imgA leading telecom company recently tied up with Galerie Art Eterne to mobilise the art world and unleash their vision of the tiger on the canvas. The art project ‘Strokes for Stripes’ featured various artists who showcased their imagination of the tiger, the national animal and pride which is sadly on the verge of extinction.The works of the artists culminated in the form of a calendar for 2013. These soul stirring art pieces were subsequently auctioned to raise funds to highlight the need of tiger conservation and create awareness for the cause. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Vivek Menon, executive director, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) said: ‘Wildlife conservation would not be possible without support and funding from charitable organisations, institutions and individuals. CSR focus on wildlife has also been on a rise in the country, which is a positive trend.’Eminent artists whose works were showcased included Arpana Caur, Jai Zharotia, Niladri Paul, Prof. Niren Sengupta, Sanjay Bhattarcharya, Ajay Zharotia, Krishnendu Porel, Pratul Dash, P. Shivani Bhardawaj, Amarendra Maharana, Prittam Priyalochan, Sandeep Jigdung and Vinita Dasgupta. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘I am proud to be a part of this cause. Doing my bit for this social cause gives me an inner satisfaction, that is all I wanted to do,’ said P. Shivani Bhardawaj, whose portrait was sold for Rs 2 Lakh at the auction.The portraits which were originally priced at Rs 1 lakh each were sold for Rs 3-4 lakhs at the auction. The proceeds from the auction were donated to WTI, the initiative’s cause partner who will channelise these funds for ‘Save Our Tigers’ initiative.The event witnessed performances by Louis Banks, a Grammy Award nominated music composer and adman-lyricist Prasoon Joshi who wrote a few lines especially for the occasion. Diverse groups such as artists, environmentalists, conservationists were present at the event, to lend their support to the cause.last_img read more