A system and method are disclosed to enable the visually impaired to easily access and control a remote. The system includes a remote control device with proximity or touch detecting sensors on the keys. When a user tries to access the remote, the sensors on the keys sense the user’s finger approaching a key. The system sends an announcement identifying the key which is likely to be pressed by the user. The user further proceeds to press the key if the selection is what they intended. Otherwise, the user proceeds to select another key. The system helps visually impaired users control appliances with ease.
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Zustak, Fred; Candelore, Brant; Nejat, Mike; and Shintani, Peter, "Accessibility Remote Control For The Visually Impaired", Technical Disclosure Commons, (May 15, 2017)