I'm excited about this, based on an off-the-shelf Android OS smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, the Project RAY device integrates the capabilities of smartphone technology with 24/7 mobile broadband connectivity and a UI designed for eye-free interaction.
A trial project is currently underway that is testing the new system with 100 participants throughout Israel.
Boaz Zilberman, chief executive officer of Project RAY, said:
"The breakthrough UI (User Interface) defines a new language for human-device interaction that is built ground-up for eye-free operation, the user touches any position on the screen and that position becomes the starting point for selecting an audio-book, messaging or other activity. Navigation is enabled by a few simple finger movements in different directions. The phone’s built-in vibration capabilities and voice prompts provide user feedback and the UI learns to adapt its behavior based on users’ preferences and usage patterns.”
According to Qualcomm, the UI supports a rich set of services, including phone calls, text messaging with vocal read-out, navigation, object recognition, social network services, remote assistance, audio-book reading, and other leisure and entertainment offerings.
Here's hoping it's open source, and can be eventually integrated into other devices easily.
Further information is available on Project RAY's website.
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