Shalom Life | October 23, 2014

Smile to Pick Up Phone, Blink to Hang-Up

Israel's Umoove lets users control phones, tablets and televisions with facial movements

By: Alexandra Mann

Published: May 30th, 2012 in Business » Israel

Smile to Pick Up Phone, Blink to Hang-Up

In the span of a few years, we have grown accustomed to touching, tapping and sliding our fingers on our computer and mobile screens, rather than hitting a keyboard. Soon it seems, it will be hard to remember the time before body gesture-based functions.

Already, technologies like the Xbox Kinect or Nintendo Wii are getting us accustomed to it. Israeli startup Umoove hopes to hop on the bandwagon by adapting gesture-recognition for mobile devices.

Umoove offers a Kinect-like module for mobile phones that focuses on gentle facial and head movements.

The startup developed a unique algorithm it says can detect facial and eye movements in real time and uses them to control and steer applications, games and media. This is done through the device’s front-end camera, available on most smartphones. With a smile, a wink or a stare it is now possible to open applications, control and use them.

The product can be implemented in games or applications that include reading, for example, when looking down scrolls the screen and reveals a new passage. Another potential option is answering calls while driving without taking hands off the wheel.

Umoove’s CEO Moti Krispill told Israeli website Newsgeek that the company hopes to revolutionize the mobile world like Kinect did with the gaming world. In a more intimate way using subtle face and eye movements, the user will launch the app and become an active part of it, he says.

The technology can run on TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones and is available to third-party developers and partners. Currently Umoove is testing its technology on iOS platforms and is optimizing it for Android platforms.

Umoove is cooperating with Microsoft for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. The company participated in Microsoft’s ThinkNext2012 conference this April and is based in Israel.

This article is reprinted with permission from NoCamels.

PÜR Gum Makes Long Lasting Impression on Dragon's Den PÜR Gum Makes Long Lasting Impression on Dragon's Den TrendingOrthodox Jews Delay Flight, Again, For Refusing to Sit Next to Opposite Sex Orthodox Jews Delay Flight, Again, For Refusing to Sit Next to Opposite Sex TrendingMango Under Fire For Selling 'SS Blouse' Mango Under Fire For Selling 'SS Blouse' Trending
 

Vandals Hurl Stones at East Jerusalem Kindergarten

October 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Vandals Hurl Stones at East Jerusalem Kindergarten

Incident follows an attack at Jerusalem Light Rail where 3-month-old baby was killed; no one reported injured

Read More

PÜR Gum Makes Long Lasting Impression on Dragon's Den

October 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
PÜR Gum Makes Long Lasting Impression on Dragon's Den

We speak to CEO and Founder Jay Stein about what it was like to receive so much validation on the popular Canadian reality show

Read More

First Aid Volunteer for Baby Killed in Jerusalem: 'Her Parents Put Her in My Arms'

October 23, 2014 | By Ahiya Raved
First Aid Volunteer for Baby Killed in Jerusalem: 'Her Parents Put Her in My Arms'

United Hatzalah volunteer Avi Steinhartz was the first to give emergency treatment to 3-month-old Haya Zissel Braun; 'I detached emotionally in order to give better treatment'

Read More

“Cloud & Light” Takes First Place in Sukkahville 2014

October 23, 2014 | By Dan Horowitz
“Cloud & Light” Takes First Place in Sukkahville 2014

The event was a resounding success in raising funds and awareness around the issue of affordable housing

Read More

Jewish Hall of Fame: Andy Borowitz

October 23, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jewish Hall of Fame: Andy Borowitz

Creator of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "The Borowitz Report," stand-up comic, contributor to Vanity Fair, director of "Pleasantville"

Read More

LeBron James Would Like to Visit Israel

October 22, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
LeBron James Would Like to Visit Israel

The Cleveland Cavaliers star told Israeli reporters that he looks forward to visiting the country.

Read More

Mac Miller Signs With Major Label

October 22, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mac Miller Signs With Major Label

The indie rapper has signed on with Warner Music

Read More

Canadian Sergeant Kevin Vickers Hailed as National Hero

October 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Canadian Sergeant Kevin Vickers Hailed as National Hero

The 58-year-old New Brunswick native credited with saving lives of Canadians on Parliament Hill after this morning's shooting; President Obama has since offered his condolences to the victim's family

Read More

More Headlines