Wednesday 18 October 2017

Samsung Galaxy S IV: smartphone tracks your eyes and scrolls down as you read

The Samsung stand at Mobile World Congress 2013
The Samsung stand at Mobile World Congress 2013

By Richard Holt

SAMSUNG’S Galaxy S IV, the new smartphone that is being unveiled later this month, can tell when you have read to the bottom of a page and scrolls down automatically.

Samsung’s latest smartphone, the successor to the best-selling Galaxy S III, is being unveiled at an event in New York on March 14.

The new feature will allow the phone to track the movement of your eyes down the screen and then offer you the next paragraph of text without you having to use your fingers to scroll, a Samsung employee told Bloomberg.

It is not known exactly what new technology will be used for the feature.

Eye-tracking systems have been in development for a while, and the S III has a feature called Smart Stay, which uses its camera to tell whether a user is looking at the screen - in which case it keeps the phone lit, rather than allowing the light to dim.

Earlier this year Samsung made trademark applications for the names “Eye Scroll” and “Samsung Eye Scroll”, suggesting in the documents it filed that the feature could be used for smartphones, tablets and digital cameras, according to Bloomberg.

When the S IV is unveiled, it will be the first US launch of Samsung's flagship Galaxy phone in three years, as Samsung looks to step up competition in the crucial US mobile phone market.

The new Galaxy S model is expected to feature a higher-resolution display and camera than its predecessor, as well as a faster quad-core processor, various reports have said.

It is not know whether a photo purporting to show the S IV, which was leaked last month, really shows the new phone.

The image, leaked by the website SamMobile, shows only minor cosmetic differences to the Galaxy S III.

Telegraph.co.uk

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