Israeli startup Sesame Enable is preparing to ship the first units of what it calls the first entirely hands-free smartphone, aimed at disabled users.
By Matthew Broersma for Tech Week Europe
The company, which has raised more than $38,000 (£24,700) via an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign, said it plans to ship the first units to disabled people next month, funded by Indiegogo contributions.
The company has also been funded by a grant from the Israeli government that was matched by a private angel investor, and won a $1m prize from Verizon last year.
Sesame Enable’s technology runs on a Galaxy Nexus 5 smartphone, using the device’s front-facing camera to track the user’s head movements, allowing them to control a cursor.
The company customises the handsets with its technology before delivery, giving the software root access that allows it to control all the phone’s functions. The handset is activated by speaking the words “open sesame”.