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Have you ever used the “Smart Stay” option under the settings section of the Galaxy S3? Smart Stay is a feature that causes your GS3 to keep the phone’s light on as long as you’re looking at it; turn away and the light goes off. This is a cool feature, but the GS4 looks to have a new kind of eye technology that many refer to as “Eye Scroll.”
Eye Scroll is a smart feature that serves to enhance the user experience in the reading process. What happens when you finish reading a page and you scroll to the bottom? If you’re reading a book, you have to flip the page by touching the screen in order to arrive at the next page. Eye Scroll will allow you to read without having to turn the page. The feature will track your eye movements from left to right when you read a page. As you finish reading the page, the smart feature will turn the page for you.
Samsung, like Apple, has a pattern of filing patents around the time that it intends to use them in its latest smartphones and software. According to the New York Times, Samsung filed an Eye Scroll patent two months ago:
“Indeed, Samsung in January filed for a trademark in Europe for the name ‘Eye Scroll’ (No. 011510674). It filed for the ‘Samsung Eye Scroll’ trademark in the United States in February, where it described the service 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'”(Brian X. Chen, “Samsung’s New Smartphone Will Track Eyes to Scroll Pages”).
Notice that the patent application can “sense [ing] eye movements and scroll [ing] displays of mobile devices” — references to increased smart features in Samsung’s TouchWiz software. The same feature that Samsung filed for some weeks ago is the same feature that has been confirmed by a Samsung Electronics representative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity:
“Samsung’s next big smartphone, to be introduced this month, will have a strong focus on software. A person who has tried the phone, called the Galaxy S IV, described one feature as particularly new and exciting: Eye scrolling.
The phone will track a user’s eyes to determine where to scroll, said a Samsung employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. For example, when 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” (Chris Smith, “NYT: Galaxy S4 to feature eye scrolling technology”).
The new feature will prevent users from exercising effort to scroll the page when they finish reading one page to arrive at another. This will prevent distractions in reading and reconnect the reader to the work once an old page is turned and the reader’s eyes arrive at the new page.
Not only will Samsung introduce its Eye Scroll technology in its software; the Korean manufacturer will also introduce its “Eye Pause” technology. According to Android Authority, the Eye Pause technology will allow the GS4 to pause a video when your eyes turn away from the video, turn it on when your eyes arrive at the video and smartphone screen once again.
The Galaxy S4 will be announced on March 14, 2013 in New York, but @evleaks just released certain confirmed features about the GS4 on Twitter on the evening of March 4, 2013. According to recent reports, the GS4 looks to outperform current Android smartphones such as the Nexus 4, Galaxy Note 2, LG Optimus G, and HTC One X+. It will come with a 4.99-inch display, 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, 1080p video recording, a 1.8Ghz, Exynos 5410 CPU (octa-processor), a 2.1MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear-facing camera, as well as floating touch gestures and wireless charging. Rumors in recent weeks have claimed that Samsung may use semi-flexible displays in one of its 2013 smartphones, but it seems that the GS4 is not a candidate for this new smartphone manufacture experiment.