- Comcast announced it has partnered with wearable technology startup NuEyes in order to bring the Xfinity Stream entertainment viewing experience to visually impaired customers
Today Comcast announced it has partnered with wearable technology startup NuEyes in order to bring the Xfinity Stream entertainment viewing experience to visually impaired customers using NuEyes’ virtual reality technology. And 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 is pre-installed on NuEyes e2.
Launched by a veteran, NuEyes’ mission is to give millions of people across the U.S. who are visually impaired the independence they may have lost due to conditions like 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 Thomas 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.”
James Baldwin is an 18-year Army veteran — who started losing his vision three years ago due to an injury sustained during his service. Now he lives with a prosthetic left eye and has limited vision in his right eye. Baldwin was one of the first customers to experience Xfinity Stream on NuEyes e2 thus allowing him to watch TV again for the first time in years.
“Collaborating with Comcast has been an absolute joy,” added Mark Greget, founder and CEO of NuEyes. “To be able to stream content directly to our consumers’ eyes in a way that has never been done before enables millions of visually impaired people to continue enjoying their TV experience and more.”
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