A new development in mobile technology could vastly improve communication opportunities for people with mobility disorders. The development, known as the Sesame Phone, is a smartphone that can be controlled by simple head motions.
The Sesame Phone is the invention of Oded Ben Dov, a man who had already developed a computer game controlled by basic head movements. He received a phone call from someone who saw his computer game on an Israeli TV show. He was surprised when the caller, former Navy commander Giora Livne, asked him to develop a smartphone he could use. Livne is as a quadriplegic.
The phone has taken two years to develop, and Ben Dov still needs about $30,000 to finish up the project. He and Livne founded Sesame Enable for the purpose of designing and marketing the phone, and they have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the remaining funds they need.
The Sesame Phone is based on a Google Nexus 5, but it incorporates facial recognition capabilities and a cursor that allows users to click on apps without having to touch the screen. A user simply has to say “Open Sesame” to get the app working.
The team plans to make a vision tracking option that will help people with ALS and similar disabilities in the future, according to Wired.