A phone that needs no fin­gers

Bloomberg Businessweek (Asia) - - CONTENT - −Olga Kharif

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Se­same is work­ing on a tablet ver­sion and a down­load­able app that will work with other phones. “We were drawn to Se­same first and fore­most be­cause of the qual­ity and ease of use of its tech­nol­ogy,” says Google.org port­fo­lio man­ager Andrew Dunck­el­man. Ruzena Ba­jcsy, a pro­fes­sor of elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing and com­puter sciences at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley, says the tech­nol­ogy has prom­ise, but he wants to see it tested more thor­oughly with a wider au­di­ence.

Ori­gin In 2011, af­ter mak­ing a mo­bile game that uses head ges­tures, Ben-Dov got a call from Giora Livne—a quad­ri­plegic and his fu­ture co­founder—ask­ing for help designing a smart­phone he could use. Cost The com­pany bun­dles its soft­ware with a Google...

Setup Ini­tially, a care­giver places the phone in front of the user and turns it on. Af­ter that, say­ing, “Open Se­same” ac­ti­vates the phone’s front cam­era to fol­low the per­son’s head move­ments.

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