New gesture controls coming to Samsung Galaxy S5?

New gesture controls coming to Samsung Galaxy S5?
A published report on Thursday reveals that a European patent awarded to Samsung, could hint at new capabilities for the Samsung Galaxy S5. The patent covers a way to use head movements to control a device. The front-facing camera would monitor the user's head and watch for certain movements or gestures like a wink or a nod. The patent was published on Thursday, but dates back to July 2013.

Some of the features on the Samsung Galaxy S4 already use the phone's front-facing camera to monitor certain capabilities. For example, Smart Stay will freeze a video that you're watching if you turn your eyes away from the screen. With the new patent, a certain head movement will allow you turn a page on the screen. And any action that is set off by a head movement would require a nod to confirm. That would prevent you from accidentally setting oiff a feature with an unintentional gesture or movement of the head.

By the way, check out the super-thin bezels on the patent diagrams. Will this be a hint as to what to expect from the next iteration of Sammy's Android flagship? The latest buzz has the phone being launched by April, possibly containing an iris scanner.

Samsung's European patent hints at gesture controls for the Samsung Galaxy S5 using movements of the head

Samsung's European patent hints at gesture controls for the Samsung Galaxy S5 using movements of the head


source: GalaxyClub (translate) via IntoMobile

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54 Comments

1. GeekMovement unregistered

time to exercise our heads in the future...

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Air gestures are cool and some are useful, but I hope this doesn't catch on too much where it leads to users having to interact with my phone like its a kinect. I'd rather more touch based gestures be thought of. I guess we'll have to see how this plays out in the coming years.

3. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Meh, another gimmick.

4. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Ok.... this is getting ridiculous.. this is a technology company they are in the business of improving technology and life how we do things they come up with new ideas and capabilities that your cellphone can do that people made futuristic movies about now we have them and it's a gimmick? You're brain washed into the simple apple or HTC mind that does drive innovation or the ability to reach for more.

6. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

A lot (but not all) of Samsung features are gimmicks. Air gestures aren't very useful, eye scrolling is completely useless, the list goes on. Even features that could be useful (Smart Stay and Smart Pause) don't even work all the time. The best thing about these gimmicks is that they always make pretty good advertisements.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Smartstay has never once not worked on my galaxy s3.

42. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

You not taking time to figure out how things work is a great example of simple minded consumers just buy an iPhone no Change since 07 innovation is taking risks trying new things. When I show a customer the feature some times it didn't work then I figured it out and worked every time. If you want vanilla Android get that and don't complain enjoy the lack luster "smooth " experience I personally don't care for them I don't see any nexus device being mass purchased because they lack in camera all the time have poor battery and boring.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

You do realise that some of these, ahem, gimmicks are a marketing ploy? and adding to that these will also be used to show off to your friends that you have this cool feature on your phone and let's face it you're going to turn off that feature when it becomes annoying and that's what makes it a gimmick. You can clearly see how Samsung potrays this whole image in it's "get the girl" commercials so it's just the typical "Everything but the kitchen sink" strategy by Samsung.

43. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

You not taking time to figure out how things work is a great example of simple minded consumers just buy an iPhone no Change since 07 innovation is taking risks trying new things. When I show a customer the feature some times it didn't work then I figured it out and worked every time. If you want vanilla Android get that and don't complain enjoy the lack luster "smooth " experience I personally don't care for them I don't see any nexus device being mass purchased because they lack in camera all the time have poor battery and boring.

9. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Stock Android excluding Google apps is only 295mb in size. With Google apps it's still under 500mb. Touchwiz tips the scale at 2.3gb. There's no need for that. Smart pause, smart stay and the Camera UI should stay but everything else in my opinion should go. Touchwiz really needs a major overhaul and Samsung needs to get the smoothness of the UI on par with other Android skins.

20. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Yea but TW is 10x more functional than stock, hence the size increase.

34. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

10x times more bloated. 95% percent of the stuff on the S4 I don't even use.

23. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

You forgot smart rotation! It's very useful if you are lying in bed sideways.. it turns off the accelerometer and uses you front camera to look for you face and don't rotate you screen in landscape mode. :)

46. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Smart stay and smart rotation are the only two I use. The others are pretty gimmicky (for most people)... BUT, I'm not hurting for space, my phone runs smooth, and I'd rather see a company try lots of things and let me pick the ones I like. I prefer the choice to turn off rather than not having it at all.

26. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

From my experience touchwiz is by far the best android skin. IT IS SMOOTH, and it does not lag. Im speaking for my galaxy S4.

35. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

We must have different S4s because my phone lags.

17. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

most of the gestures are rubbish to be honest , i like samsung's ideas but most of them are just to fill up the spec sheets and banners

28. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

this bloatware only makes the power consumption worse

36. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Gimmick or no, everything has to start somewhere. At least Samsung has the courage to at least try to introduce new things. Every great journey begins with just one step, and these features are the first step into the future. Smart homes, Smart Cars, etc...will never be realized unless they start somewhere. I am by no means a Samsung person at all, but at least they try to be innovative while other companies recycle the same product and slap a new label on it for multiple years and claim it's something new.

5. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Smart pause i think, not smart stay

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Instead of taping ok I can just nod my head....yep! Samsung is out of ideas and confused. The S5 will lag to no end with all the gimmicks.

19. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Nod to confirm

10. MEeee

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Too bad haters can't enjoy these gimmicky features on their devices and kept on nagging like a bi1ch.

11. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Those features cause the phone to lag. My Moto X and Nexus 4 run much smoother than my S4 even though the latter has much better hardware.

21. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

It's called a custom rom, bi1ch.

31. wilsong17 unregistered

my note note 2 s4 and the s3 dosnt lag wtf are you talking about Maybe you should click development option and turn on dont keep activity

33. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I turned everything down to a .5x scale and the phone is still not as smooth as my other devices. Anyhow, why do I have to do that with a phone as powerful as the S4 and not the Moto X and Nexus 4?

39. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because the S4 does much more. It needs the extra horsepower. A PC that runs minecraft perfectly might not run Crysis 3 worth a damn.

45. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The S4 has the extra power and it still lags. And it looks like Samsung is going to introduce more features/gimmicks (depending on your perspective) to further bog down their devices.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Look at the Note 3. Even with the S-pen features, it's smooth. Not all Samsung features are winners, but many are. Smart Stay is awesome. Hover is great. The stylus features are pretty amazing.

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