We’ve heard rumours that the new Samsung Galaxy S4 will have eye-tracking technology. Last year, when the Galaxy S3 launched, we saw the “Smart Stay” technology. This held the backlight on provided your eyes were looking at the screen. The S4 is said to build on that, perhaps scrolling pages up and down depending on where you’re looking on the screen.
However, in a second attempt to spoil the fun, LG have announced a new “eye recognition technology” which will let you control video playback on a mobile phone. The “Smart Video” tech recognises the position of your eyes and plays or stops the video without any manual input. We’re assuming this is similar to the Samsung “Smart Stay” tech.
Get more info on the press release below…
EYE RECOGNITION TO BRING NEW LEVEL OF ENTERTAINMENT CONVENIENCE TO LG SMARTPHONE
Technology to Debut in Smart Video Feature in Optimus G Pro
Slough, UK, 14th March, 2013 — Smart Video, a new multimedia UX feature from LG Electronics (LG), will be unveiled for the first time in the Optimus G Pro. Smart Video takes viewing videos on mobile devices to a whole new level of convenience with eye recognition that eliminates the need to manually control playback during the viewing experience.
Through the implementation of advanced eye recognition technology, Smart Video recognises the position of the viewer’s eyes and automatically plays or stops the video without any manual input from the user. When the viewer’s eyes are no longer focused on the smartphone display, the front camera recognises this and immediately pauses the video automatically. Once the user’s gaze returns to the smartphone, the video resumes playback from the point last viewed.
In addition to the Smart Video feature, Optimus G Pro will also be equipped with the world’s first Dual Camera function. The Dual Camera feature is an extension of the Dual Recording feature which debuted on the Optimus G Pro introduced in the Korean market last month. Dual Camera simultaneously captures photographs using both the front and back cameras for a picture-in-picture composition. Users can now be a part of the story, not just observers.
“LG is continuously innovating to offer creative ways to offer a user experience that adds value to our customers,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “It’s the positive UX that will differentiate smartphones in 2013 and beyond, not only cutting-edge hardware specs.”
The Smart Video and Dual Camera features will be introduced as a part of the Value Pack upgrade which will be offered for the Optimus G Pro in the Korean market next month. These features will also be made available for some LG premium smartphones in the future. Other features in the Value Pack upgrade include:
· Magic Remote Pad and Text Keypad via the QRemote function. These new options for QRemote work specifically with LG Smart TVs to enhance convenience when using Optimus G Pro as a remote control for LG Smart TVs.
· The Smart LED Lighting outlining the home button of the Optimus G Pro will be upgraded so users can customise the colours to correspond to their favourite contacts. The flashing of the LED in different colours will allow users to identify the source of incoming calls, missed calls, unread messages and emails.
· Video Pause/Resume allows the user to stop and start in record mode for one continuous video file.
· The first Colour Emoticons in an Android smartphone for more personalised text messages