Samsung and LG Electronics could find themselves in another patent squabble, this time over eye-tracking technology.
The Galaxy S4 already comes built with Smart Scroll, which lets people scroll through the screen and trigger certain actions by moving their eyes up and down. The phone also includes Smart Pause, which pauses a video when a person looks away from the screen.
LG this week announced that Smart Video eye recognition will be coming to the LG Optimus G Pro. As part of an upcoming "Value Pack" software update, the feature will be made available for select future LG premium smartphones.
The Smart Video technology utilizes the front-facing camera to track the viewer's eyes to automatically control playback of videos. For example, looking away from the phone will cause the video to pause and returning your gaze will resume the clip.
If you've been eager to get a glimpse of eye scrolling in the Galaxy S4, Bloomberg has a reality check for you.
The New York Times, citing sources, earlier this month said the latest version of Samsung's flagship smartphone would include technology to monitor users' eyes and translate that motion into action: "For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down … Read more
I feel like I might be the only person in the world who loves the poor Chromebook Pixel. It's just so misunderstood, with its ridiculously high price, its tiny 32GB hard drive, and its odd 3:2 screen resolution. But the design is just so gorgeous (drink), and the touch screen is so exciting, and the Chrome OS is so simple and Web-based! Perhaps you'll fall in love like I did ... or be wildly skeptical like Jeff Cannata. Check out this week's Unboxing, and find out.
On the other hand, Jeff is delighted by the idea of … Read more
Rumor Has It is back, and just in time for one of the hottest product releases this year.
Of course you can't have a huge product announcement without miles and miles of rumors surrounding it, and that's where we come in.
Special guest co-host Casey Newton helps me weigh in on all the rumors: will it come in different colors? Will it include eye-tracking software? Will it be unbreakable? We won'… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Sony PS4 is official: Coming in 2013, but design and price remain a mystery.
- Five unanswered questions about PlayStation 4.
- Sony: Fear not, the PlayStation 4 will play used games.
- Making sense of the PS4 game lineup.
- Sony plans second-screen app for PlayStation 4.
- Sony mum on PlayStation Vita price drops for U.S., Europe.
- Microsoft spokesman takes potshot at PS4 event.
As Sony explained the hardware and software in the upcoming PlayStation 4 yesterday, two very important input devices -- the DualShock 4 controller and PlayStation 4 Eye camera -- also debuted. But Sony wasn't completely up front about how it will all work.