Everyone uses fingers for operating their smartphones, but what if one is physically disabled? An Israeli company claims to have the solution when they designed a hands-free smartphone that operates on head movements of the users.
Sesame, the company that created the next generation smartphone says that the device is made for the people with spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other conditions that hamper the use of hands. For successful hands-free operation, the Android-based smartphone boasts a newly developed software that tracks the movement of the head.
Its father, Giora Livne, who is physically challenged, said that the phone is featured with an advance computer vision algorithm along with a front facing high definition camera to control the cursor on the screen based on head movements. The cursor acts like a virtual finger that enables physically challenged users to operate the phone as the normal people do. The $1,000 phone recently won the Verizon Powerful Answers’ Award with $1 million in prize money.
While watching a tv program demonstrating a game controlled by head movements, Livne was struck with the idea of developing the hands-free smartphone. For now he plans to donate 30 phones to physically challenged people nominated by their peers.
The concept of hands-free operation isn’t new, Samsung came up with the similar technology when it launched its Galaxy S4 smartphone two years back in 2013. However, this feature had many rough patches and didn’t operate flawlessly. People reported that the feature functioned only when the phone was given enough exposure to light.
However, Livne claims that his new technology is far more better than others, and he has patented it. He believes that the smartphone will help people with disabilities in using messaging services and participating in social media with ease; thus they will not feel isolated.