Amazon launch scheduled for June 18, rumors point to 3D eye-tracking phone
Lars Rehm | Published: Jun 5, 2014 at 15:27 UTC22
Amazon has scheduled a product launch for later this month at its headquarters in Seattle, WA. We are not being told what type of device we should expect but Amazon has started to tease the new model with a picture of one of its corners and a video. In the latter, which you can watch at the bottom of this page, the new product can't be seen but viewers are witnessing the reactions and facial expressions of people who appear to be using it for the first time.
It would be an understatement to say that the users in the video seem excited. Them tilting their heads and making statements such as "It moved with me", "I would use that a lot" or "that's pretty darn intuitive" seem to indicate we might be looking at a new smartphone with some sort of 3D eye-tracking user interface - as per rumors dating from late last year.
This theory would also be supported by the registration website for the launch event. On the site Amazon customers, journalists and developers can request an invite for the event on the 18th of June. The latter group are asked a specific set of questions including "Are you interested in developing apps utilizing a new type of sensor?" and "Describe an innovative way in which you have used gyroscopes, accelerometers, or other device sensors in your app development."
So Amazon clearly seems to have something new and exciting up its sleeve. However, we'll have to wait a couple of weeks longer to find out exactly what it is.
If a new smartphone with 3D eye-tracking using multiple cameras is indeed in the works, we're curious to see what potential it might have for mobile photographers.
Via: The Verge