New rumours suggest the Samsung Galaxy S5 features will include head tracking gesture controls.
According to a European Patent Office filing, Samsung’s first 2014 flagship may include gestures that can be controlled with movements of your head.
Samsung Galaxy smartphone already include some gesture-based features like Smart Stay and Smart Scroll, but it seems the Galaxy S5 will introduce advanced versions of those featured in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The patent describes the ability to wink or nod your head to control specific functions of the S5. You should also be able to move your head to the left to go back a browser page, or go to the next one with a head movement to the right.
Head tracking detection will be accomplished by splitting the image received by the front-facing camera into specific sections. The camera would track the change in a particular section as a head movement gesture, and then get the smartphone to carry out the required function.
Although the patent filing lists a publication date in January 2014, it was actually filed in July 2013 making it very likely these head tracking gesture controls will make it into the Galaxy S5.
We don’t doubt that the gesture controls will be just as frustrating as last year’s iterations, but we’ll be interested to see if they build upon those in the Galaxy S4.
“We’ve been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time” said Lee. “When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.”
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