Published On: Tue, Dec 26th, 2017

New technology lets quadriplegics use the phone without physical assistance

Sesame Enable developed the first completely touch-free smartphone, created for people with disabilities by people with disabilities.


In the news:

A day after Oded Ben Dov appeared on Israeli television to promote his video game technology, which allowed players to control their games by moving their heads, a viewer called him with another suggestion for the software.

“I can’t move my arms or legs,” the viewer told him. “Can you make a smartphone that I can use?”

That conversation more than four years ago led to the creation of Open Sesame, an app that allows people to control a touch-screen smartphone or tablet hands-free. Instead of swiping with a finger, the technology lets users control the device with small head movements or voice commands. The technology can help people who are paralyzed or have limited mobility due to neurodegenerative diseases such as MS or ALS.

The technology caught the attention of Maryland government officials during a 2016 trade mission to Israel. As a result of the relationship developed then, Ben Dov moved the headquarters of his technology company, Sesame Enable, from Israel to Bethesda last month…[Baltimore Sun]


Open Sesame! provides a Touch-Free interface for complete control of an Android device through mere head movements

Open Sesame! by Sesame Enable was recently selected as a nominee for the annual Google Play Awards in the Best Accessibility App category. Sesame’s technology has truly opened new worlds to an entire population that has been left out of the smart phone revolution – People who cannot use their hands to control a touch-screen can now control the device via head movements alone. This year, Sesame released a new app, available in the Google Play Store to anyone with Android 7 or later, making this much-needed technology accessible worldwide.

The Google Play Awards celebrate achievements of the developer community over the past year, by recognizing the best apps and games across twelve categories. Nominees were selected by a panel of experts throughout Google Play and platform teams based on a criteria set emphasizing app quality, innovation, and having a launch or major update in the last 12 months.

Winners will be announced during a special session at Google’s annual developer conference (Google I/O) on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm (Pacific Time). You can also catch the ceremony on the live stream.

You can find Sesame’s app on this new awards page on Google Play that celebrates all of this year’s nominees.


About Sesame Enable

Sesame Enable developed the first completely touch-free smartphone, created for people with disabilities by people with disabilities. Sesame’s co-founders are Giora Livne, a quadriplegic veteran and former engineer, and Oded Ben Dov, a talented young app developer who left the gaming world to create the Sesame phone. Powered by voice control and cutting-edge head-tracking technology, the Sesame Phone opens a new world of communication and independence to a population that needs it most: quadriplegics, people suffering from ALS, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, severe arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and others who have limited to no use of their hands.


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