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More Fun at CSUN, Hobnobbing with CEOs and Robots

Photographed from left to right, John Morris, Witty Robot, and Salimah LaForce

While making our way through the lobby at CSUN14 look who we ran into!  He (distinctly male voice) was quite witty, as John mused about who was controlling him, he quickly retorted, “Is Someone controlling you?”  “Oh yes,” we replied, laughing.

Also while there, Salimah and John met with Boaz Zilberman, founder and CEO of Project Ray.  He demonstrated the Ray smartphone interface software for people with vision loss.  The innovation for this product is that the touchscreen controls center around the user’s touch point, eliminating the need to memorize the position of the icons; the controls adapt to wherever the person touches.  According to Boaz, Project Ray’s simplified interface is good for individuals who have lost sight later in life.  The target market is the elderly with vision loss and his typical customer is around 55 years old.  Ray runs on Nexus 5 with the Android 4.2 operating system.  Additionally, developers can create apps for the Ray environment the same way they develop standard Android apps.  Ray is available commercially (in Israel) via Odin Wireless.  Boaz, is exploring ways to introduce Ray to the US market.

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