Cox Communications unveils the Accessible Web Remote for Contour, a new feature designed to empower people with disabilities to control their TV with their eyes.
The Accessible Web Remote for Contour gives those who have lost fine motor skills – whether from degenerative conditions or paralysis – the ability to browse the video guide with a glance.
Specifically, a free web-based remote control is navigable using various assistive technologies owned by customers, including eye gaze hardware and software, switch controls, and sip-and-puff systems, which the user controls by gently blowing into a tube.
Eye-tracking technology gives people living with conditions like paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the same access to their TVs as customers with the latest edition of Contour, a media release from Cox Communications explains.
“Innovative technology like this gives people with disabilities an added level of independence. We appreciate that companies like Cox continue to empower their users by adopting products like the Accessible Web Remote, which allows every customer to do something most people take for granted, like controlling their TV.”
— Steve Gleason, founder of Team Gleason and former New Orleans Saints football player who has been living with ALS since 2011
Throughout the last three years, Cox has partnered with organizations like Team Gleason to ensure accessible design and development of its products, increase awareness and education, and improve processes and procedures focusing on disability inclusion.
“Cox is grateful to partner with Team Gleason because we believe in its mission to improve life for people living with conditions such as ALS. We are committed to improving our products to ensure all Cox customers can use our products, and will continue to create solutions with accessibility built in.”
— Pat Esser, president and chief executive officer of Cox Communications
Cox Communications customers can now sync their device and begin changing channels, set a recording, search for programming within the Contour guide, and access integrated streaming apps all with a glance of their eyes.
To learn more about accessibility, visit Cox Communications.
[Source(s): Cox Communications, PR Newswire]