Samsung Galaxy S4 to track your eyes to scroll pages, reports NYT
The New York Times is reporting today that Samsung’s next big smartphone, the Galaxy S4, that is to be introduced on March 14, will have eye-tracking capabilities.
The phone will reportedly track user’s eyes to determine where to scroll. When a user reads an article and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the eye-tracking software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text. Their source would not iterate as to which technology is being employed to track eye movements, but he said that the software features of the new phone outweighed the importance of the hardware being used.
Samsung has filed for a trademark in Europe for the name “Eye Scroll” in January. It has also filed for the “Samsung Eye Scroll” trademark in the United States in February, where it described the service as “Computer application software having a feature of sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smartphones and tablet computers according to eye movements; digital cameras; mobile telephones; smartphones; tablet computers.”
Samsung has also filed for the trademark “Eye Pause,” but no description has been given as to what exactly it does.
Samsung’s previous smartphone, the Galaxy S III, already has a feature called Smart Stay that prevents the phone’s display from dimming when a user is looking at the screen. With the previous tagline for the Galaxy series being “Designed for humans”, it remains to be seen what Samsung has in store for the consumers come March 14.
Source: The New York Times
Salman Ravoof is a freelance writer, a mechanical engineer and an avid science and technology enthusiast. He likes creativity and is a great fan of fantasy and sci-fi genre. When not busy, he revels in experimenting and spends most of his time pondering about the existence of reality.
5 March, 2013