Comcast Debuts Xfinity Stream App on VR Headset for the Visually Impaired

Comcast has adapted its Xfinity Stream app to run on virtual reality headsets made by NuEyes that magnify the usable vision of visually impaired subscribers.

Xfinity Stream allows Comcast customers to stream pay TV through of OTT and mobile devices. The app will now come pre-installed on NuEyes e2 VR magnifying headsets.

“Being blind since birth, I know firsthand the power of technology to enhance independence,” said Tom Wlodkowski, VP of accessibility at Comcast. “Our partnership with NuEyes is an extension of our commitment to designing great entertainment experiences for people of all abilities.”

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Founded in 2016, Orange County, California-based NuEyes specializing in technologies that help individuals whose eyesight has been damaged by conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa.

"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,” added Mark Greget, founder and CEO of NuEyes.

For Comcast, the NuEyes announcement comes after the cable operator enabled a remote control technology that allows customers with paralysis-related conditions, such as spinal injuries, to switch channels, change volume and perform other TV-related functions with their eyes. 

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