Comcast Cable has been accustomed to surprising its customers with new services and the introduction of a TV remote that is controlled by voice is one such move.
According to a statement from the company, the new remote control will give customers freedom to navigate through many shows on the X1 platform by using their voices. Furthermore, they will be able to make searches for movies as well as networks, receive recommendations and set DVR recordings among several other benefits.
Concerning the new development, Comcast Chief Software Architect Sree Kotay said; “say it and see it. It’s that simple. We want viewers to get to the shows and movies they love quickly, and we’ve built a remote control that’s smart, fast and intuitive.” Kotay added that language will not be a barrier for users. “You don’t have to learn a new language or speak like a robot. Just press the blue button, say what you want to watch and it appears on screen. It’s easy, just like watching TV should be.”
Some of the commands that the remote control will recognize include browsing Xfinity on Demand, searching for movies and shows, setting a recording, changing channels and finding out games, events and sporting teams. When searching for a movie, you can use a quote since it recognizes very many popular quotes to make searching easier than ever. Tom Wlodkowski who is the vice president of audience at Comcast noted that people who can’t see or with other disabilities will benefit heavily from the new remote control.
“Voice control is a solution for customers with a visual disability or a physical challenge like arthritis. But it’s also empowering for kids, seniors or anyone else who wants a new and easier way to discover content. Voice search is the great equalizer and a terrific complement to our talking guide.”