New Galaxy S4 will use front-facing camera for hands-free "eye scroll"
Lauren Crabbe | Published: Mar 4, 2013 at 20:16 UTC4
Just 10 days before Samsung's Galaxy S4 release, the New York Times is reporting on some hot new technology for the phone. "Eye Scroll," the source claims, will track user's eye movement to navigate the phone's screen.
Brian X Chen explained the newly-patented technology on the Time's "Bits" blog:
The phone will track a user’s eyes to determine where to scroll, said a Samsung employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text.
The source would not explain what technology was being used to track eye movements, nor did he say whether the feature would be demonstrated at the Galaxy S IV press conference, which will be held in New York on March 14. The Samsung employee said that over all, the software features of the new phone outweighed the importance of the hardware.
Indeed, Samsung in January filed for a trademark in Europe for the name “Eye Scroll” (mark no. 011510674). It 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.”
Chen's source focused on the importance of Samsung's new software—claiming that the hardware would pale in comparison. An interview with Kevin Packingham, Samsung’s chief product officer, refuted this statement, saying that “It’s an amazing phone.”
We will bring you the full specs of the Galaxy S4 when they are announced next week in New York City.