Samsung patents controlling your smartphone with your head

Samsung’s eye-tracking technology that was introduced in the Galaxy S4 is likely to be superseded with new features in the Galaxy S5 that will track your entire head.

A new European patent application from Samsung details the facility to control a smartphone using the front-facing camera. This allows the camera to monitor the position of your head. There's no guarantee that this new tech Samsung is working on will make it into the S5 as many patents are filed but the technology never makes it into the real world. The application was filed in July, not too long after the release of the Galaxy S4, so it could be part of Samsung’s R&D iteration cycle in preparation for creating a smarter more controllable smartphone.

The application mentions that controlling your smartphone using your head or facial features would be beneficial in situations where users are not able to control the phone with their hands, when wearing gloves for example. Instead the phone can be controlled using head gestures like a nod or eye movements.

A Samsung executive at CES confirmed the company was looking into technology that would allow the scanning of the users iris which was previously reported on Neowin. It was not confirmed if this would also be part of the new S5, he did however confirm that the Samsung’s new flagship Android phone is expected in the spring which is around the same time as the S4 made its debut last year.

So later on in the year keep a lookout for people walking into poles and tripping over objects as they try to use their head to control their new Samsung smartphone

Source: CNET | Image Courtesy of fredzone

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You don't want to sell me smartphone that can be controlled with my head.
You want to go home and rethink your life.
*waves hand*

The Samsung patents are controlling my smartphone using my head? What kind of crazy magic patents do they have over there and how did they attach the brain slug?

Dot Matrix said,
"... When wearing gloves, for example."

I can use my Nokia with gloves. Just sayin'.

+1

It is also a lot easier than nodding and winking in public, people won't think you are having a bad day.

Truly surprised more MFRs haven't started making this a standard feature, Nokia even has it on some of their lower end devices.

Dot Matrix said,
"... When wearing gloves, for example."

I can use my Nokia with gloves. Just sayin'.


I can do that too. Never worked properly though. turned high sensibility off than

-adrian- said,

I can do that too. Never worked properly though. turned high sensibility off than

then you must be doing it wrong.

Dot Matrix said,
"... When wearing gloves, for example."

I can use my Nokia with gloves. Just sayin'.

You can do this on an S4 too.

Dot Matrix said,
"... When wearing gloves, for example."

I can use my Nokia with gloves. Just sayin'.

This can also be done on the S4. Just sayin'.

derekaw said,
It will be implemented perfectly and everyone in the Android community will love it!

"it could be part of Samsung's R&D iteration cycle in preparation for creating a smarter more controllable smartphone."

really? Samsung has a R&D dept? they had me fooled because all I thought they had was copiers... I guess R&D is trolling other companies patents.

nickcruz said,

"it could be part of Samsung's R&D iteration cycle in preparation for creating a smarter more controllable smartphone."

really? Samsung has a R&D dept? they had me fooled because all I thought they had was copiers... I guess R&D is trolling other companies patents.

Oh please... R&D is huge for Samsung, who do you think develops half the technologies that go into new TV sets? You realise you come across as a little kid when you say stuff like this right? Do a little research next time.

derekaw said,
It will be implemented perfectly and everyone in the Android community will love it!

Do you read what you type before clicking post? Lots of people who like Android think their current S4 is fulled with bloated software and gimmicks.

M4x1mus said,

Oh please... R&D is huge for Samsung, who do you think develops half the technologies that go into new TV sets? You realise you come across as a little kid when you say stuff like this right? Do a little research next time.

They also put way more money in to R&D than Apple. So many devices also have something in them manufactured by Samsung or have tech that exists because of Samsungs R&D, things like kitchen appliances, servers, desktops, tablets, laptops, phones, TV's, monitors, game consoles and lots more.