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With the official unveiling of the Galaxy S IV just a week and a half away, a new report claims Samsung's next flagship handset will track users' eyes to automatically scroll content.

The purported new feature was described on Monday by The New York Times, which cited an unnamed Samsung employee who has tried the phone. The feature will reportedly track a user's eyes to determine where to scroll when viewing content such as a website.

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When a user is reading a website and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the Galaxy S IV will reportedly automatically scroll down the page, allowing the user to view more content without needing to touch the display.

Samsung has already filed for ownership of trademarked names "Eye Scroll" and "Eye Pause. It's also filed for patents that describe similar technology.

Samsung will officially unveil the Galaxy S IV at a media event scheduled for March 14 in New York City. The device is expected to be the company's response to Apple's iPhone 5, which took the top spot in smartphone sales when it launched late last year.

The Galaxy S IV is also rumored to feature an eight-core Exynox processor along with a separate eight-core graphics processor. The device is expected to feature a 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel forward facing camera, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Before rumors of eye scrolling functionality surfaced, Samsung has a history of adding user-tracking features to its premium smartphones. Last year's Galaxy S III featured "Smart Stay," which switches the front display on or off based on whether or not a person is looking at the screen.
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Interesting feature but using my eyes to control things like scrolling would drive me crazy and dizzy. That's just me though.
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I'll wait for the S5 that will automatically open up my browser and go to my favorite porn site once it detects I have a boner.
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two words: sun glasses

 

two more: lazy eye (scroll up, oops, scroll down... oops, leaning to the left... damnit FOCUS!)

 

And people thought Siri was a loopy interface.

 

Don't get me wrong...I think it will eventually happen... (I read Craig Thomas' "FireFox" and believed thought-controlled fighter jets (if you thought in Russian/Cyrillic) would be just around the corner), it's a little early to consider this a lock on an UI 'improvement'

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This technology is going to be STUPID. I cant really "jump" my eye balls. People will think I am signaling them. People will think I am a nut. Come on... SamScum.
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Everything depends on how it's implemented, doesn't it. I've seen Samsung's smart TVs, and 'smart' is not the first word that comes to mind....

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It will be interesting to see how this works out.

 

My expectations are low.

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GSM arena are claiming the specs have been pretty much confirmed:

 

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S IV specifications are now all but officially confirmed thanks to a leaked AnTuTu benchmark test that the phone has undergone.

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Samsung's upcoming flagship will sport an Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset with a CPU running at 1.8GHz, 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. Previously the Galaxy S IV was rumored to sport the Exynos 5 Octa 5450 chipset rather than 5410. Still, the four Cortex-A15 cores combined with four Cortex-A7's are sure to be a pretty capable combo.

Additionally, the AnTuTu testing also confirms a 4.99" screen of Full HD resolution, providing a pixel density of 441 ppi. Android 4.2 is what the Galaxy S IV will run on out of box.

Interestingly, the scoresheet confirms that the Exynos Octa chip on the Galaxy S IV supports GSM, WCDMA as well as LTE networks.

 

Looks like it uses ARMs Big Little tech with A15 and A7 cores.  It will be interesting to see if that really does translate to decent battery life.

 

I am curious as to whether they managed the reported hexagonal pixels to achieve such a high density.  The initial benchmarks put it at being somewhat quicker than the HTC One.
 

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I just don't see how this could work.  Even at 5 inches, I don't think the screen is big enough that my eyes would noticeably move while reading the screen.  Whats next, will they add software that will read lips for people that read aloud and scroll automatically for you?????

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I can think of only one useful case for this feature, and that is for someone who is perhaps quadriplegic. Being able to scroll without touching a screen would be brilliant in that case.

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I doubt that the patents would be granted - Canon had similar eye tracking in their A2E camera in 1992.

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1. While I am reading a page on this phone, some one calls me.. I look at them... then the page scrolls up.  

2. Something will fall on my lap.  I look down.  Page scrolls down.

3. I just tried now... jumping my eye-balls up and down... it is paining and my colleague asked... are you NUTS?  

4. I replied... new technology. Eye tracking.

5. He told... you are just moving your eye brows. Not your eye balls.  :) :) Oh God

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1. While I am reading a page on this phone, some one calls me.. I look at them... then the page scrolls up.  

2. Something will fall on my lap.  I look down.  Page scrolls down.

3. I just tried now... jumping my eye-balls up and down... it is paining and my colleague asked... are you NUTS?  

4. I replied... new technology. Eye tracking.

5. He told... you are just moving your eye brows. Not your eye balls.  :) :) Oh God


Have you used one yet?

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I doubt that the patents would be granted - Canon had similar eye tracking in their A2E camera in 1992.

Well, any patent wouldn't be for eye scrolling. It would be for a technique or method for eye scrolling.

So you may see a lot of different patents from different companies in this space.

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Have you used one yet?

No!  I am just mimicking the way people are going to "jump" their eyeballs and just I wrote predictions. :D

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This sounds like a terrible feature, which I doubt would work very well
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The feature will reportedly track a user's eyes to determine where to scroll when viewing content such as a website..

Why not? Google is tracking everything else.
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Actually I am loving all these rumors for SameSung. Because at some point the rumors will get as ridiculous as Apple rumors and they wont be able to live up to lofty expectations people have for innovation. They cought up to apple and learned fast but innovating is harder then copying. So not they cant copy anymore. They have to get their own ideas. If the eye thing is true that it sounds intriguing but there will come a time when some crazy rumor will be false and that is when the web will start saying SameSung is slowing down. Competition is always good for the market so bring it on Steffan Jobbes.
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Don't get me wrong...I think it will eventually happen... (I read Craig Thomas' "FireFox" and believed thought-controlled fighter jets (if you thought in Russian/Cyrillic) would be just around the corner), it's a little early to consider this a lock on an UI 'improvement'

Chrome will probably have it before Firefox.

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Why not? Google is tracking everything else.

 

I'm surprised Google hasn't worked this into Google OS/Android already to be honest.    A way to really track ad impressions.

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I'm sorta cross eyed, looking forward to that technology to come out! Might be neat to read two pages of text at the same time.
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1. Will this tracking tech really need 210 megapixels?

2. Can I opt-out? I don't like being tracked ¡
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I'm sorta cross eyed, looking forward to that technology to come out! Might be neat to read two pages of text at the same time.

Perhaps you need to start at the last page
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Now that means the camera has to be on for that to work.... that equals power drain and shorter battery life doesn't it..?
Besides practacilty of tracking eye movement on a small screen is higly questionable .
We will know on 10 days!
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Uh, what the ****? The S3 also features "eye-tracking" technology. It's a gimmick, at least in how they implemented it. This is nothing new.
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WSJ reports Samsung is ramping up the advertising so I'm sure this will be shoved down our throats for the next 6 months.

 

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/03/04/samsung-is-already-hyping-their-new-galaxy-device/

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1. Will this tracking tech really need 210 megapixels?

2. Can I opt-out? I don't like being tracked ¡

An always on camera with image processing software.

Something you can do when you have four cores and you don't care how quickly the battery runs out.

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Something to stress people when you haft to either stare at the floor to scroll down, or it go bisurk when looking at it.
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Now that means the camera has to be on for that to work.... that equals power drain and shorter battery life doesn't it..?
Besides practacilty of tracking eye movement on a small screen is higly questionable .
We will know on 10 days!

 

Faisal's version (below) requires a goggles with cheap sensors (cameras).  Not sure how Samsung's version would turn out, but I'm guessing the tech is a bit too early for mass consumption (beta?) and the target audience for eye tracking/scrolling/etc extremely small.  Most users won't constantly use the feature to use their S4, so I don't think battery life is going to be a show stopper. 

 


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I'm happy that Samsung is having this over hype rumors, that way when the Galaxy S IV is finally release the media will be disappointed because Samsung is not living up to the standard that they put Samsung on.  After that Samsung can make a commercial that say "The next big thing is here, sort of".


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I'm happy that Samsung is having this over hype rumors, that way when the Galaxy S IV is finally release the media will be disappointed because Samsung is not living up to the standard that they put Samsung on.  After that Samsung cant make a commercial that say "The next big thing is here, sort of".

 

They deserve that punishment, at least.

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An always on camera with image processing software.

Something you can do when you have four cores and you don't care how quickly the battery runs out.

 

Obviously you first check if a human is looking at the screen.

 

Apple had a patent application a few years back for that purpose... the camera operates in low power mode, simply looking for an orange blob (it turns out that all humans are a shade of orange... not pink or brown).  When it sees the blob, it kicks into higher power mode to check the face.

 

Samsung already had a feature to keep the power on if you were looking at the phone.  Sounds like a derivation of that.

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This is great news for people whoe love cooking (me).

 

No need to touch the screen to possibly flip pages or scroll down the page reading recipes.

 

Could possibly use left blink for (left click), right blink for (right click), double blink the left for (double click).

 

I hope they incorporate hover screen technology too.

 

No more hand smudges on the screen! :D

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I doubt that the patents would be granted - Canon had similar eye tracking in their A2E camera in 1992.

 

If Apple and other mobile companies can get patents for doing things on mobile devices that desktops and other immobile devices already do, then I don't see this as an obstacle.

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I'm surprised Google hasn't worked this into Google OS/Android already to be honest.    A way to really track ad impressions.

 

No company that sells ads wants to know whether viewers are *really* paying attention. Because we aren't. 

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Funny how google and samsung are going eyes, while Apple stays with fingers.

With the lag in android OS, I guess the user of this handset will be blinking, squinting, crying (in frustration) and whatever.

What a wonderful concept.

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Funny how google and samsung are going eyes, while Apple stays with fingers.

 

You mean, they're ADDING eyes to their input methods.  Samsung also does whole hand gestures, like the swipe for a screenshot.

 

The smartphone of the future will be more like humans, capable of understanding both touch and voice of course, but also air gestures, facial expressions and emotional voice inflections.

 

The less a user has to direct their fingers to a certain point to make something happen, the better a helper that these personal devices can be.

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I'm happy that Samsung is having this over hype rumors, that way when the Galaxy S IV is finally release the media will be disappointed because Samsung is not living up to the standard that they put Samsung on.  After that Samsung can make a commercial that say "The next big thing is here, sort of".

Nope. That only happens with Apple. When it's Samsung, the media fawns over whatever they release - no matter how much it falls short of 'expectations.'
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This technology is going to be STUPID. I cant really "jump" my eye balls. People will think I am signaling them. People will think I am a nut. Come on... SamScum.

 

Where does this talk of "jumping" come from? It's not in the article. There is no mention of conscious control of the scrolling.

 

Most of the negative comments here are pure FUD. You know nothing about the technology involved (neither do I, by the way) or even about the way eyes move. Let's just wait and see, shall we?

 

However... that said...

 

I have little doubt this feature, if real, will be awful, because it is being made by Samsung, which can't write decent software. One day it will be an awesome feature we see on all sorts of devices, but I don't think its time is now.

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