You might have heard about the Sesame touch-free phone in 2014. The Sesame Phone is powered by both Voice-Control and Computer-Vision technologies. The technology was made for people who have limited or no use of their hands so that they can operate a cellphone with head movements. Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy (CP), and arthritis can benefit from a touch-free phone.
Sesame touch-free phone was designed by co-founders Giora Livne, a quadriplegic veteran and electrical engineer, and computer vision expert Ben Dov. They have won various awards: Verizon Powerful Answers (2014), Nominet Trust 100 (2014), and the Michael Bloomberg’s Genesis Generation Challenge awards (2015).
In Israel, the company is offering its devices for free to disabled according to the recent news in December 2015. So I have started looking for if any companies are offering the sesame phone in US.
The Sesame phone is a specially configured Nexus 5 smartphone, and the phone can be purchased online. It sells for about $700 (US) plus shipping through the Indiegogo online site. They’re offering a full money-back guarantee, including shipping both ways, if you are unhappy with your device. However, it does not seem there are any US-based stores you can walk into. I tried to contact via e-mail through both the Sesame enable and Indegogo websites to find out their current updates. Unfortunately I have not received any replies from them at this time for this blog. Instead I have only received a request for donation; if I get any updates, I will post additional information.
In the meantime, here is the Sesame enable website:
Additional information from Sesame Enable (2/1/2016):
Sesame Enable informed that it is available over SIM Card only ( i.e.Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile is not an option yet, and AT&T is plausible). You need consult your carrier by a bring your own phone plan. For now, Sesame Phone is available exclusively on an Lg/Google phone Nexus 5.
Contact information in US: