Touch-screen technology may be the latest thing when it comes to many a UK consumer, with an ever growing demand for it to be applied to laptop computers, smart phones and tablets. Despite this trend, an Israel-based start up business is well on the way to developing the next generation of human-computer interactions which may well do away with touch-enabled screens in the future. So, if pinches, swipes and double tapping are new to you, or even if you have been using these gestures with your gizmos for years, then it may well be time to look into the latest technology ideas from newcomers, Sesame Enable.

The idea of a touch free smart phone may not be entirely new. Voice activation has long been the dream of many a software developer. Such systems have been fitted to many devices that includes smartphones but also in-car systems, GPS devices and even telephony exchanges. No one - as yet - as really mastered the technology and, if you have ever used it, misinterpretation of vocal commands are all too frequent and annoying. Sesame Enable, on the other hand, has taken a new approach to the touch free technology world and have been developing a camera based system that recognizes the movement of the body and - specifically - the head.

Oded Ben Dov, who is the Chief Executive Officer at Sesame Enable, has been working on projects that try to make devices recognize movement and distinguish between objects for years. However, it was only after he had been interviewed for a TV show that he realized the true potential of the technology. Two years ago, Ben Dov was talking about a gaming app that he had developed which used some of the technology. Following the interview a disabled man called Giora Livne called Ben Dov to explain that a smartphone which did not require hand interactions with the screen would be of much use to him. Being a man with quadriplegic disabilities, Livne identified the usefulness of the technology Ben Dov was working on if it were to be re-imagined for a new smartphone that he could use, rather than for a simple game.

The Israeli entrepreneurs have already launched the idea in one application that is currently available from Google's App Store. This one, named Sesame Reader, allows people who download the app to read and flip through e-books without having to use their hands to turn the virtual pages. They are simply able to continue to read by the subtle movement of their heads. Not only does this application have the potential to enrich the lives of severely disable people, making them less reliant on carers when reading, it could also work well for anyone wanting to read in bed, without using their hands.

The idea of the Sesame Reader application is that a camera mounted in the device being used tracks the face and allows the reader to turn the page of the e-reader or tablet with a single head movement. For instance, if you move your head to the right, then the page flips over to the next one. If you need to skip back a page or two, then you move your head to the left and the reverse happens. According to the creators, the system is not put off by other people or objects that are captured in the background which would otherwise ruin the ability for people to stay focused on a single page. Furthermore, they say that the technology remains focused on the users face only and is not distracted by unique features such as beards or glasses.

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