Note 4 Ultrasonic cover will guide the visually impaired (but it’s not something new)

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 20, 2014
samsung galaxy core advance ultrasonic cover

Ultrasonic cover on the Galaxy Core Advance

One of the more distinctive accessories that Samsung will offer for the upcoming Note 4 is an Ultrasonic cover that works like sonar to guide people suffering from visual impairment.

According to the folks over at SamMobile, Samsung is developing an Ultrasonic cover for the Note 4 that will alert users about the presence of obstacles in their path. Users will be able to choose from three distance settings – short, middle, and long – with the width of the detection field narrowing as the distance increase. The report also includes a product disclaimer, warning that the Ultrasonic cover is not a substitute for a walking cane or guide dog and that it shouldn’t be used as a mobility guide by itself.

The Ultrasonic cover isn’t entirely new – Samsung has actually announced the accessory back in March, for the little known mid-ranger Galaxy Core Advance.

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Here’s the official description of the Ultrasonic cover from Samsung’s March press release:

The Ultrasonic Cover allows users to detect obstacles and navigate unfamiliar places by sending an alert through a vibration or TTS feedback. By holding the Cover in front of the user, it can enhance a visually impaired user’s awareness of their surroundings by sensing the presence of a person or object up to 2 meters away.

Along the Ultrasonic cover, Samsung also launched an accessory called Optical Scan Stand, which works with a compatible device to read out printed text through OCR technology. We expect Samsung to launch a similar accessory for the Note 4.

The Galaxy Note 4 will launch on September 3 at IFA Berlin. For up to date info on the hot new device, check out our rumor roundup!

  • Shashi Mohan

    why do visually impaired need a note 4??

    • How about talking on the phone, listening to music, audiobooks, or podcasts, or texting?

      • Shashi Mohan

        really? a note 4!!

        • The-Sailor-Man

          Better iPhone. Right?
          They can draw with the pen too.

    • Moiz Ahmad

      The large screen would be helpful to those with visual impairments, maybe? And visually impaired people can still use a stylus to write and take notes…Try thinking before you comment.

      • Shashi Mohan

        i’m not a samsung ‘hater’ or an apple ‘fanboy’. i was just questioning the phone they used for the purpose! they could possibly use mid range phones it if samsung is really concerned about the visually impaired. this is just a publicity gimmick
        P S- Note 3 is an excellent device from my experience and from the leaks it can be hoped that Note 4 could counter the reception of S5 for samsung!

  • George

    Visually impaired people would get robbed if they hold a Note 4 in front of them all the time, such a stupid idea.

  • Johan Fourie

    In this comment section – short sighted people.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    “Note 4 Ultrasonic cover will guide the visually impaired (but it’s not something new) ”
    Oooh so fast and in a hurry AAuthority are. LOL They must mention this even in the headline.
    Of course this is not Apple. If it was Apple they would be so in a hurry to even mention it. It would be fresh-new magic.

    • Henry Sinclair

      There is nothing in the article that says Samsung copied. If you just continued reading, it says and I quote “The Ultrasonic cover isn’t entirely new – Samsung has actually announced the accessory back in March, for the little known mid-ranger Galaxy Core Advance.”

      • The-Sailor-Man

        I know.
        But putting this in the headline is on purpose, to mislead you at the first moment. Or to fade out the news.
        And how is smth announced and tested in Mach by Samsung and implemented now in flagship device with full power- “not new”????
        Ask yourself- WHY IS THIS (…blah…) SO URGENTLY, IN THE HEADLINE???

        • Henry Sinclair

          Because people (Samsung haters) are quick to point out irregularities I his report specially when the article is about Samsung . He is just protecting his article. I can’t blame him for that. Android Authority is a haven for Samsung haters.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            Well I agree this to be mention in the article, that Samsung started it earlier.
            But so urgent in the headlines, and this way ? Came on .

          • I mentioned it in the headline because the source Sam Mobile, and as far as I know, nobody else, seems to be aware of this being announced in March. So the post is bringing something new to the table, and I thought the headline needs to reflect that.

            Trust me, I don’t “hate” Samsung, and I don’t love them either. I don’t care about them to be honest. Because Samsung is the biggest, it gets more coverage, and that includes positive and negative coverage. Honestly, just relax.

  • JL

    Samsung could create a handset that can cure Cancer and AIDS…and you will still get comments like:

    -Samsuck blows…
    -Fuck Samsuck because of the hardware button
    -Cheap shit
    -Who would ever need this gimmick?
    -Fuck TW

    Haters love to hate the best in the business.

    • The-Sailor-Man

      They are not exactly haters.

      They fight for their RELIGION. They fight because they are PATRIOTS.

      And the US propaganda-media fight , because only Apple-iOS, Google-Android, MS- windows, Facebook , have to possess the ppl’s lives of the whole World . And with open “back doors” to US secret services.
      Samsung started to scare the sh… out of them, growing so big. They smell the coming danger, to lose the total control.

  • steven taylor

    …anyhow, I don’t think this is for the visually impaired. I think it’s for all of us.

  • Samsung Ultrasonic cover is Brilliant. I would really love to buy one please.