PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Cox introduced a new technology that enables people with disabilities to control their television with their eyes. With Cox’s new technology called Accessible Web Remote for Contour, those who have lost their fine motor skills can browse the video tutorial at a glance. It is now available to people who live in Phoenix and Tucson.
“At Cox, we are always looking for ways to improve the experience for our services and we know that 16% of our Americans have difficulty and functional difficulty. This is something we were very excited about,” said Andrea Katsenes of Cox Communications.
You don’t even need additional hardware. The technology uses mobility devices that you already own.
It is now available to people who live in Phoenix and Tucson.
“When they have devices at home that they can rely on, such as devices that follow your eyes or the gulp and poof, or commands through a straw that syncs with your Contour remote and can browse the guide . They can switch channels, all they have to do, “said Katsenes. “Anyone who has difficulty using a remote control and has this type of equipment that they rely on day in and day out can use it. It’s free and very simple.”
Cox worked with former NFL player Steve Gleason to develop the technology.
“Working with Steve Gleason, who is himself a struggle against ALS, really taught us that simple functions like calling up your channel guide on your remote control can be difficult for a group of Americans. So we teamed up with him and came out with it.” said Katsenes.
Click here to learn how to sync your device and start switching channels, set a recording, search for programming, and more, using just your eyes. You can find more information about Cox and accessibility here.
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