Most people take simple things like making a phone call or playing a game on their smartphone for granted. But for many who are physically disabled, neither of these things can be done without the help of someone else. Sesame Smartphone hopes to change all of that.
The Sesame smartphone is believed to be the first smartphone that’s completely hands-free. The device is currently being developed by Sesame Enable, an Israeli company. Using advanced technology, the Sesame phone would allow people with cerebral palsy, ALS, spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to control the smartphone with head movements.
Sesame Enable has been working on their hands-free smartphone, a modified Google Nexus 5, for three years. The phone comes equipped with head-tracking technology that tracks head movements and allows users to control a cursor on the screen. This cursor acts as a sort of virtual finger, opening up all the same functionalities as a typical smartphone.
Recently, the Sesame project won the $1 million Verizon Powerful Answers Award. The company has also received a grant from the Office of the Chief Scientist in Israel and funding from a private angel investor. A crowdfunding campaign also raised $38,000 for the project.
Sesame Enable is not the first company to try and develop a smartphone solution for the physically disabled. But unlike other solutions, the Sesame phone is not an app. The Sesame software controls the entire phone. The company plans to sell the phone completely touch-free right out of the box.
The Sesame smartphone would open a world of possibilities to those who are unable to use these devices on their own. Little things, like having a private conversation on the phone or ordering flowers for a loved one, would all be possible with a completely hands-free device.
No release date for the phone has been announced.