The rumor mill is having a busy week since the announcement of Samsung’s next flagship Android smartphone is just around the corner. We are being treated to a variety of reports everyday, but the one that just crossed our desks is particularly interesting. A new reports brings out details about Samsung Galaxy S4 eye tracking feature, something which is unheard of in the market, at this point in time.
This particular report comes from The New York Times which happens to be credible as well as having contacts with well informed sources. They’ve received word from someone who has used the Galaxy S4 and is obviously not allowed to talk to the media about it, hence all of this information has been doled out anonymously. The said source is someone who works at Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 eye tracking feature could prove to be a huge hit. The company has previously flirted around with the idea in Galaxy S3 which has a featured called Smart Stay. What it essentially does is to refrain the display from dimming when the user is looking at it. The feature is smart enough to figure out when the user’s eyes have left the screen and it dims out after that. The eye tracking feature has certainly been built upon it.
What this feature means is that users will be able to scroll through pages without actually having to touch the screen. According to the source, whenever the user’s eyes reach the end of a paragraph at the end of a page, the device will automatically scroll, hence offering a never seen before reading experience on a mobile device. The source has not mentioned what sort of technology is being used to track user’s eyes nor was it confirmed that this particular feature will also be shown off at the Samsung Unpacked event on March 14.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 eye tracking features seem pretty possible. Samsung has already filed for trademarks such as Eye Scroll in Europe and Samsung Eye Scroll in the USA. They have also filed for a trademark called Eye Pause, but do not describe what the feature actually does. Regarding Eye Scroll the company says in its trademark application that this is “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.” Pretty easy to understand, wouldn’t you agree?
The source also adds that the software features of this device are far greater than the advancements made in hardware. Maybe its a sign that this particular Galaxy S smartphone will have more revolutionary features as opposed to cosmetic tweaks. The Samsung Galaxy S4 eye tracking feature sounds remarkable as it is, wonder what else is in store for us. We’ll find out on March 14, meanwhile we can feast our eyes on this new Galaxy S4 teaser trailer.