World: Google has in store something good for disabled people; the company has announced on Thursday that people with speech or physical disabilities can now operate their Android-powered smartphones hands-free by using a raised eyebrow or smile.
Two new tools set the machine learning and front-facing cameras on smartphones to work identifying face and eye movements of individuals. Google users can also scan their phone screen and pick a task by just smiling, opening their mouth, raising eyebrows, or looking to the left, right or up.
The google authorities cited that, “To make an Android more accessible for everybody, we are launching new tools which will make it easier to control your phone and communicate by using the facial gestures.”
“Every day, people use their voice commands, like ‘Hey Google’, or their hands to navigate their phones. However, that is not always possible for people with severe motor and speech disabilities, but now it is possible for anyone to use eye movements and facial gestures that are customised to their range of movement to navigate their phone — sans hands and voice.”
These changes are the result of 2 new features; one is called – “Camera Switches,” that allow people to use their faces instead of swipes and taps to interact with smartphones. And the other one is – “Project Activate”, a new Android application that allows individuals to use those gestures to trigger an action, like having a phone play a recorded phrase, send a text, or make a call.
The nations such as – Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States at the Google Play shop, having this free ‘Activate app is available to them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that 61 million adults in the United States live with the disabilities, which has pushed Google and its rivals Apple and Microsoft to make products and services more convenient to them.