Samsung’s next generation flagship Android device, the Galaxy S4, is all set to be released on the 14th of this month, and certain features have started leaking out to the press.
It seems that in addition to a really high density screen and an octa-core processor, the Galaxy S4 will also introduce “Eye Scrolling,” a feature that will track the movements of the user’s eyes and accordingly decide where to scroll.
NYT has details, thanks to an anonymous Samsung employee:
[W]hen 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 Samsung employee said that over all, the software features of the new phone outweighed the importance of the hardware.
Samsung has also filed trademarks in the European Union and the U.S. for the term “Eye Scroll” described 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.”
The Galaxy S3 already has eye-tracking to automatically dim the display if it isn’t being used, and it looks like the eye scroll feature would be based on similar lines. It’ll be interesting to see how effective this feature actually is, given that there’s the possibility of false triggers as well. It does sound insanely cool, though.
TheNextWeb reports that Israel based startup Umoove could be behind the technology used in the feature.
More than just eye-tracking, Umoove says its patented technology enables mobile devices with cameras to track and identify ‘gentle head movements and face gestures’ in real time to let users control applications, games and media without using their fingers.
Here’s a demo video of Umoove’s technology, which showcases how the technology can be used for various use cases.
Do you think this feature would be useful in daily usage or would simply be a way to impress friends? Would you want hands-free scrolling on your iPhone?