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NYT: Galaxy S4 to feature eye scrolling technology

The New York Times is apparently confirming that the Galaxy S4 will have eye tracking capabilities which will allow it to offer a new eye scrolling feature.
March 4, 2013

This isn’t the first time we hear that the Galaxy S4 will feature an eye scrolling technology but now it looks like New York Times is confirming its existence.

The technology, which may be called Eye Scroll according to trademark requests from Samsung both in the U.S. and in Europe, would allow Galaxy S4 users to scroll through pages by simply moving their eyes.

Apparently the handset will be able to track the user’s eyes and automatically scroll the page down or up based on their movement. Obviously, Samsung will not confirm the feature just yet, but it looks like a person familiar with the matter did talk about the handset with the NYT:

Samsung’s next big smartphone, to be introduced this month, will have a strong focus on software. A person who has tried the phone, called the Galaxy S IV, described one feature as particularly new and exciting: Eye scrolling.
The phone will track a user’s eyes to determine where to scroll, said a Samsung employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text.

However, the unnamed person did not mention anything about Eye Pause, so we can only assume it’s somewhat related to the whole eye tracking/scrolling thing.

According to the article, Samsung is going big on software features rather than hardware updates for this Galaxy S version, although we’ll have to wait for the phone to become official before we can tell you more details about both its specs and features.

But Samsung did respond to the NYT in an interview, with Samsung’s chief product officer Kevin Packingham saying that hardware isn’t insignificant compared to software and that the Galaxy S4 is “an amazing phone” over all.

While we wait for March 14 to arrive, you can check out our updated Galaxy S4 rumor roundup. And keep following us closely as we’re going to be thoroughly covering the New York event for you.