There are lots of people with paralysis, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities that make them have limited or no movement in their hands. What that means is that communicating using a phone for them can be challenging, and in quite many cases, not possible, since a touch screen on a smart phone requires physical effort in terms of screen swiping, and clicking buttons and icons.
Sesame Enable recently launched a new technology keeping such people in mind. Sesame Enable’s technology, built using the Google Nexus 5 (Android) phone, enables the user to use just their head to interact with the phone. The head tracking interface is turned on when the words “Open Sesame” are said out loud, and the front facing camera enables an on screen cursor, which starts following the user’s head movement. Even the slightest of head movements is tracked with great accuracy to open apps, read emails, browse the internet, play games, etc. Different actions like click and swipe can be performed by hovering over an icon, which brings up another dialog with those options. The sensitivity of the cursor movement can also be adjusted in the settings area.
The Sesame Phone can be ordered from their Indiegogo page for $700. The phone is shipped worldwide and can take from 1-2 weeks to 2 months depending on where you live.
Source: CBS News