The Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event is just a week away, thought this hasn’t stopped the hungry masses of the rumor mill from throwing out fresh news on potential specs and features by the day. And as far as head-scratchers go, today’s addition to the pile is a sure-fire winner.
According to reports printed this week by the New York Times, the one of the unique specs the Galaxy S4 will boast is a so-called “Eye Scroll” and “Eye Pause” feature. This would certainly seem to gain the backing of previous reports of Samsung’s various patent applications.
As far the feature itself goes, we’re told that the Galaxy S4 will pack a series of sensors that track the eye-movements of the user in order to automatically scroll down text and turn pages once line of sight hits the appropriate part of the page. The theory is clearly one whereby the arduous and painstaking task of scrolling by use of a finger has become too much for the world to bear and thus must be automated to prevent all manner of strains and cramps…
While clearly an impressive idea on paper and a good indication that Samsung is pulling out all the stops in terms of innovation, I have to say that I for one am less than convinced as to this particular idea. Not only do I not exactly find it in any way too much trouble to turn pages myself, but am I going to find what I’m reading skipping forward and back pages every time I glance at another part of the pages deliberately or otherwise? And what if I want to read the very last line more than once?
I’ll be happy to eat my words if Samsung pulls this one off flawlessly, but I can’t say that this is one of the features I’ll be holding out for from the Galaxy S4.