Recently there’s been a lot of buzz about the possible eye-based tracking and scrolling technology in Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S IV which is set to be unveiled at the much anticipated event in New York tomorrow. So, if you’ve read thought the Smart Pause feature that was recently discovered in some Galaxy S III Android 4.2 ROM screenshots, it’s kind of the same. The feature is like, if you’re playing a video on your phone, the front-facing camera tracks your eye movements. If your eyes stray significantly away from the screen, the video pauses. Samsung’s Smart Pause feature is described in terms of your head moving, but it too likely uses your eyes as the reference point for movement. Although we don’t believe if either solution goes as far as to tracking your pupils in case you glance up. Probably with one heck of a high resolution front camera with zoom lens.
Now LG is planning to bring a “Value Pack” update for LG Optimus G Pro as well as other high-end LG devices, with some exicting new features. This update will bring two headline features – Smart Video and Dual Camera – to the Optimus G Pro in the Korean market. Smart Video is eye-tracking software that will pause video playback when the phone recognizes that the user is looking away from the screen, and then resume when they look back. Dual Camera is an extension of the Dual Recording feature LG recently debuted, and will let the user take simultaneous pictures from the front and rear cameras.
Either way, it’s a bit funny that LG’s announced this today on the day of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV event.
In addition to these new features, the Value Pack will bring improvements to the QRemote app for increased functionality regarding LG’s Smart TVs.Devices will also receive the ability to change the home button’s LED to correlate with contacts and a new video camera feature will let users pause/resume video but save to one continuous file.
LG hasn’t specified which other “premium smartphones” will receive the Value Pack update, but we know that at minimum the Korean Optimus G Pro will receive it first starting next month.Hit the break for more details in the press release.
EYE RECOGNITION TO BRING NEW LEVEL OF ENTERTAINMENT CONVENIENCE TO LG SMARTPHONE
Technology to Debut in Smart Video Feature in Optimus G Pro
SEOUL, Mar. 14, 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 recognizes 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 recognizes 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 Elec-tronics 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 customize the colors to correspond to their favorite contacts. The flashing of the LED in different colors 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 Color Emoticons in an Android smartphone for more personalized text messages.