One recurring series of rumors concerning Samsung’s Galaxy S IV is that the smartphone might feature some unusual way to interact with the handset. We’ve already looked at the ideas of both a camera-based gesture control interface, as well as a capacitive “floating touch” system. Today, we get to check out another rumor along those lines, this time suggesting that the GS4 might follow eye movements in order to control scrolling.
The New York Times reports hearing from a source about a supposed Galaxy S IV encounter, where the source describes seeing this eye-scrolling feature in place. While reading a document, the phone attempts to ascertain when you’ve reached the bottom of the screen by watching your eyes, and then automatically moves on to the next page.
This idea is backed-up by some Samsung trademarks that speak of an “Eye Scroll” system, and Samsung already has some experience in this field with its Smart Stay camera-based sleep-timeout system, as first implemented on the Galaxy S III. Smart Stay was a little hit-and-miss, though, so we’re understandably concerned that Eye Scroll might end up registering some unintended glances as instructions to scroll. That is, assuming it actually shows up in the first place – ten days until we find out!