Welcome to the Era of Touch-Free Phones; Sesame Enable does it for the Disabled

The idea of technology stems from the basic principle of reducing human effort and in modern times has evolved to making life for the consumer as comfortable as possible. The world of technology as we know it is in a constant state of flux. It is in a state of continuous improvement. As the world of technology continues to grow and evolve, more and more people are working with a common goal of increasing accessibility to technology for the disabled. Those suffering from crippling disabilities like spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as ALS, cerebral palsy or any disability that effects the use of hands and arms know it’s near impossible for them to use smart phones like normal people. Such disabilities often condemn these people to the gallows of Stone Age.

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In an attempt to make smartphones more accessible to the disabled, an Israel based startup, Sesame Enable has launched the world’s first touch-free smart phone. Sesame is an android based smart phone fitted with propriety head tracking technology. The phone with the help of advanced computer vision algorithm and front camera track the movement of the user and allow them to control the cursor on the screen. The cursor acts like a virtual finger, enabling a user to do everything a normal finger does.

The developer, Giora Livne is himself physically challenged got the idea to develop the technology after watching a demonstration of a game controlled with head movements. He believes his quality of life has jumped from the stone age to the smart phone age, believing he can help others for the better. Now he regularly WhatsApp and talks to his friends and his three children.

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Sesame recently won the “Verizon Powerful Answers Award” along with a cash prize of $1 million. He now plans to give away about 30 of the $1,000 phone to people nominated to people with disabilities who will be nominated by their peers. The 5 Sesame recipients include a former Israeli soldier who was injured in the 1976 and a young boy suffering from muscle dystrophy from Britain. It will be a while before this technology gets into main stress mass production but inventions like these are the light at the end of tunnel for most disabled.

Sesame Touch-Free Smartphone Project on Indiegogo

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