Operation of smartphones and tablets with head movements
The Sesame Enable startup, established in 2013, has developed an exclusive app that allows people with mobility disabilities to operate smartphones and tablets using head movements alone, using the device’s front-facing camera. The company was awarded a substantial grant by the Innovation Authority through the Ezertech incentive program, in collaboration with the National Insurance Institute, to encourage the development of assistive technologies for people with disabilities. At the same time, the company won a $1 million prize in the international Powerful Answers Award Contest conducted by communications giant Verizon, as well as other prizes.
Solutions offered by the company are already in wide use throughout the US, where the company receives government subsidies. Their technology serves an audience with a wide range of mobility disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular diseases, MS, and cerebral palsy. Recently, the municipality of New York chose the company’s product as a preferred solution for children with disabilities in the city’s public education system, and negotiations are taking place with other US municipalities and states to expand this activity.