Scroll at first sight


When tech giant Apple first introduced touch-sensitive phones, it sparked a revolution in mass-marketed technology.

Throngs of frenetic consumers flooded tech shops, often queuing for long hours and braving inclement weather, to get their very own iPhone.

Thanks to continued advancement in technology, now it’s not just our touch that can manipulate information. There are video games that rely on gesture-control and software that allows users to give commands by simply speaking. In the near future, Google will be introducing wearable smart glasses that can be manipulated via voice command to take pictures, make videos, check email and tell us the most optimal route to the nearest supermarket.

And now, Apple’s fiercest rival Samsung has advanced this touch-free trend by introducing a phone that employs eye-tracking technology. Yes, you read it right — you don’t need to even lift a finger or utter a word to scroll down the page on the Galaxy S4’s screen. The phone will, in fact, detect when you are looking at the bottom of the page and scroll down itself. And if you look away while a video is playing, the phone will automatically pause the video till your gaze is back on the screen.

The phone, which was recently unveiled in a grand event in New York, has already generated a buzz among tech fans, who are eager to ‘see’ the new gadget.

But considering that it is still at a rudimentary stage, how reliable will eye-tracking technology be in mass-marketed products? Even though voice recognition was  initially hailed as big step forward in technology, most of us are aware of the glitches Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s S Voice assistant faced with receiving voice commands.

Moreover, before people get too excited about controlling the virtual domain with their eyes, they should remember that eye-tracking technology definitely needs a certain amount of learning. Imagine the frustration when an accidental glance at the bottom of the screen can actually the turn over the page! Khaleej Times

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