Comcast Partners With Wearable Technology Startup, NuEyes, Bringing Xfinity Stream to the Visually Impaired
Comcast announced they have partnered with wearable technology startup NuEyes. The partnership will bring Comcast’s Xfinity Stream entertainment viewing experience to visually impaired customers through NuEyes virtual reality technology.
The Xfinity Stream app, which allows customers to watch live TV and On Demand content on any device, is now available on the NuEyes e2 smartglasses and VR magnifying device that enhances the usable vision of a person who is visually impaired. Xfinity Stream comes pre-installed on NuEyes e2, allowing users with visual disabilities to see TV shows, news, movies, live sports, etc., independently.
NuEyes was founded by a veteran, with the mission to give millions of visually impaired people across the U.S. the independence they may have lost due to eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.
The lightweight design of the NuEyes e2, paired with handsfree and wireless functionality, gives people with low vision the ability to participate in their everyday lives in ways that were once difficult or impossible, like clearly seeing loved ones’ faces, reading, cooking and enjoying television.
“Being blind since birth, I know firsthand the power of technology to enhance independence,” said Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility at Comcast. “Our partnership with NuEyes is an extension of our commitment to designing great entertainment experiences for people of all abilities.
In the past, Comcast has launched the industry’s first talking TV guide, introduced a voice-activated remote control, launched X1 eye control for the TV and produced the first live entertainment show in U.S. broadcast history—The Wiz Live—to be accessible to people with a visual disability. Comcast also has a service center specifically dedicated to customers with disabilities where agents are specially trained in the company’s accessibility features and general support issues.