A paralyzed user plays Candy Crush using Sesame Enable. A paralyzed user plays Candy Crush using Sesame Enable. A paralyzed user plays Candy Crush using Sesame Enable. (Photo: Sesame Enable / YouTube)

New technology lets paralyzed users live hands-free

Sesame Enable gives users the ability to flip through e-books, make calls and surf the web with only their heads.

Hands-free technology has taken a substantial step forward, thanks to an Israeli startup that allows paralyzed people to flip through e-books, make phone calls, search the Internet and even play games on their devices, all without the need to use their hands.

Sesame Enable is a comprehensive operating system that can be integrated into smartphones and tablets for a truly hands-free experience – its technology uses head movements to manipulate touchscreens. Its SesameReader and SesameDocs apps work by tracking your face and turning pages of e-books and PDF documents depending on which way you move your head. Its phone function is controlled by a cursor that can be moved by turning your head and stopping until you land on the desired key. 

CEO Oded Ben Dov said he was inspired to create his company after getting a call from Giora Livne, asking him to create a smartphone he could use. 

A paralyzed user plays Candy Crush using Sesame Enable.A paralyzed user plays Candy Crush using Sesame Enable. (Photo: Sesame Enable/YouTube)

“Doing this was a much higher and more meaningful goal than just making a game,” Ben Dov  told NoCamels in January. “When someone tries it out for the first time, the joy they express is heartwarming. It’s an expression that says, ‘Look, I’m doing it on my own.’”

Ben Dov and Livne decided to team up to create their company, with Ben Dov as chief executive and Livne, an engineer by trade, as vice president of accessibility.

Now, the Sesame team hopes to bring this technology to the entire world. To that end, it has wrapped its hands-free technology into an SDK (software development kit) so developers everywhere can incorporate the technology into their applications.

A paralyzed user plays Candy Crush using Sesame Enable.A paralyzed user plays Candy Crush using Sesame Enable. (Photo: Sesame Enable/YouTube)

According to NoCamels, Sesame is also at work on an application that can help those suffering from ALS – who are losing or have already lost their ability to speak – communicate more easily.

“Wherever there is someone that can use it, I want it to get to that person because it really changes their world,” Ben Dov said.

See how it works:

http://youtu.be/29SCwYNi_xo

And here's a video of a paralyzed user playing Candy Crush with Sesame Enable:

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