Samsung to debut “eye scroll”?
What if you could scroll a text just by staring at the screen of your smartphone? Samsung is reportedly trying to make that possible with its next flagship handset, the Galaxy S IV smartphone.
Citing an anonymous Samsung employee, The New York Times’ Bits Blog revealed that the upcoming Galaxy S IV will come equipped with a feature that can monitor your eyes. If your sight hits the bottom section of a page, the screen will automatically scroll the subsequent paragraphs.
The unnamed source refused to reveal whether the technology will be showcased at the Galaxy S IV’s debut in New York City on 14 March. With Samsung making this potential move, insiders are left wondering what main rival Apple could be cooking up for its next iPhone.
Supporting the credibility of the eye-scroll tech are two trademarks filed separately in the European Union and the United States.
Submitted on 5 February 2013, the US trademark filing is described as “Computer application software having a feature of sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smart phones and tablet computers according to eye movements.”
Meanwhile, the trademark filed at the EU’s Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market on 23 January is not specific. It merely referred to the eye scroll as software for mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones and digital cameras.
Notably, the Korean giant’s flagship smartphone Galaxy S III already has a nifty eye feature. Dubbed as Smart Stay, this feature lights up the phone’s screen when you are looking at it and turns if off when you’re staring somewhere else.