Almost a week before its official unveiling, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV made headlines on Monday night after rumors suggested that the highly-anticipated smartphone will have a unique and exciting feature.
The New York Times reported that one source who already had a chance to test out the Galaxy S IV said that the newest edition of Samsung’s flagship smartphone will have an “eye scrolling” feature. The source said that the smartphone will have the ability to track the user’s eye to determine what direction to scroll.
If this reported leak is true, the eye-scrolling feature will be very useful in reading text messages or articles using the smartphone. Instead of manually scrolling down to read the next part of the text or article the user is reading, the screen will automatically scroll down once the user’s eye reaches the bottom of the screen.
The NY Times source did not reveal the technology that will be used to track user’s eye nor confirmed whether or not this feature will be highlighted in the upcoming unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S IV on March 14 in New York. But he confirmed reports that Samsung focused on the software side of their upcoming smartphone instead of engaging in a battle of hardware supremacy.
To back up the claim of their source, NY Times cited the trademark filed by Samsung in Europe entitled “Eye Scroll” in January. Last month, the South Korean company also secured a patent called “Samsung Eye Scroll” in the United States.
Both were described by Samsung 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.”
Aside from the eye-scrolling feature, Samsung also recently filed “Eye Pause” patent but no detailed description were given. Samsung officials were reached to comment on the said leak, but they declined to divulge information ahead of the official unveiling next week.
[Source: New York Times]