Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumored to Feature Eye-Based Scrolling [Updated]

galaxy s4Samsung’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.

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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.

Update:

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?

  • PasserBy

    This does indeed sound insanely cool. Hats off to Samsung if this is implemented successfully.

  • mchael121989

    not very useful,,,, imagine you suddenly look down for any reason then your page will go to the end…. i don’t think this will be a very great feature.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gallego Brian Gallego

      that would be so annoying

  • juicyjizz

    Shout out to all my samsung niggaz.

  • p

    …it is possible to use the front camera of an iphone 5 to have kinect like hand detection of gestures to move through the springboard but most hackers are lazy and un-inspired….money money money

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      Flutter does that on the mac. All these features make me worry about battery life

      • RandomGamer342

        Bigger screensize with same PPI =/= bigger screensize with the same resolution

        Oh, and that’s just a rumor

      • Pacomacman

        Agreed, my guess is you need to engage this mechanism rather than it being on all the time, just like you do with Siri! This is another one of those things that sounds totally pointless to me as its your eyes that move not your head. This video clearly shows the user moving his head, which is totally unnatural.

    • Passerby

      Uninspiring comment on an inspiring subject.

  • RandomGamer342

    I have a feeling that this is just more marketing, and will end up being like autocorrect(fucking up constantly)

    At least they agree that the hardware isn’t substantial, considering the only thing they’ve managed to do with the 8 core is ruin battery life and say “HEY GUYS LOOK WE HAVE THE BIGGE– MOST CORES”(like the note 2 increasing screen size by 0,1″ while keeping the same res)

  • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

    That really does sound like some amazing technology, but I know my ADHD-having self constantly jumps around all over the page, even when I am reading, I constantly re-read items that are even as much as paragraphs from what I am currently reading. Seems like it COULD be killer, but will have to functional flawlessly to impress me.

  • samsung

    O you now you love it. If it was apple you wouldnt say that. Think of playing apps using only your eyes. This feature has a lot of nice stuff that can go with it

    • John

      What are you talking about? This is an Apple-based site. No biased comments please.

  • Panty Sniffer.

    This ‘feature’ will end up same as smart stay. People will try it, say “Ermagherd dat iz so kewl!” turn it off, and turn it back on only to show it off to someone else.

    • Shreekant Somany

      I completely agree. I like technology…but there are limits to how outlandish things can be. That said, this one is borderline insane in my mind, meaning I could see myself using this…but only if implemented perfectly. I dont want to have to keep a check on where my eyes move.

  • mkimid

    ^.^ people like SF too much ~ SF is not impossible, justt need more time

  • http://twitter.com/TonganNinja Tali

    If implemented well, I believe it could be useful.

    I myself would like the fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button so I don’t need to enter my unlock code that is forced on me because I have my work email on my phone. Having the option to not have to enter my computer password because of my phone has verified my identity would be cool as well.

  • Hopstradamus

    Ha. We’re inching closer to “Minority Report” big brother watching your eye movements kind of thing. And loving every minute of it.

  • Tomdo

    I hate to say it.. I’m probably finally going to switch. I love Apple. Had iPhone since 3G. Still think they have best design, most sexiest phone, which means a lot to me btw. But I’m getting a bit tired of iOS. It still almost feels like an iPhone 3G these days. Nothing much has changed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.sytnik Eugene Sytnik

    Yet another feature to switch off to save battery… meh

  • http://www.facebook.com/thuong.ho.775 Po Wah

    Once again apple fanbois hate lol… As of right now ANYTHING Samsung comes up with you haters will just hate and hate and hate. Don’t worry Apple will catch up eventually maybe 2033 or so