Sesame Enable Design a Smartphone for the Disabled
Published By : 23 Feb 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
A few years ago no one would have thought of smartphones becoming an indispensible part of everyday lives. The transition of a personal computer with a 512 MB RAM into a smartphone with a 3GB RAM and 128GB internal storage seems like a unimaginable feat to many. With so many features a smartphone keeps a tab of your every important record right from health and fitness to finance.
In a recent development Sesame Enable has designed a smartphone for the disabled. The phone is said to cater to especially those with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and other such disabilities that impair the use of arms and hands. This Android based smartphone will be come with proprietary head-tracking technology.
The Sesame, will have features that are not available in regular smartphones. It will be equipped with an algorithm for advanced computer vision with a motion sensing front-facing camera that will act as a cursor on screen. The cursor, essentially a virtual finger will allow users to use the phone just as regular users do.
The handsets are priced at a whooping tag of US$1000. They won the Verizon Powerful Answers’ Award, a US$1 million prize award. The developer of this phone, Giora Livne, who is disabled too, has announced his plans to gift 30 Sesame smartphones to those with certain disabilities. He stated that his life’s quality has jumped from being stone age to smartphone age. He further added that he smartphone has been inspired by game he saw in a TV demonstration, where the motions were controlled by head movements.