The Samsung Galaxy Note 4
is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing phone launches for 2014, but it would appear that Samsung has more than just awesome hardware in mind for its next phablet. According to a SamMobile
source, the company is also working on a novel accessory for the Note 4 -- an Ultrasonic Cover.
You read that right -- if true, Samsung will likely launch the accessory alongside the Note 4. The idea behind it is to help people with visual impairments better navigate themselves around.
Apparently, the cover will have a sensor embedded within it, capable of detecting objects in front of it (and the person), and provide feedback. We're told that the sensor's range will also be adjustable -- you can choose between short, medium, and long -- but the longer the range, the narrower will be the area covered (and thus, detected). For those of you that are still curious to find out more about the accessory, the insider also leaked the "exact description" of the accessory from a Note 4 prototype.
“The Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This Product is a non-medical device.
It cannot replace a cane and should never be used as a mobility aid or substitute for any mobility aid tool. It must always be used in combination with a cane, a dog guide, or a human guide because, by itself, it does not provide information necessary for safe travel.
We strongly recommend you to educate yourself fully and abide by the operating procedures of this manual before your first use. Furthermore, we encourage you to train yourself with how to use the Product and be sure to have fully understood how the Product works correctly. We are not responsible for or liable for any misuse of the Product or incorrect interpretation of the Product manual. While using the Product in training, it is strongly recommended that you work with a sighted friend who can give you visual feedback, particularly when you work with more advanced skills.
The Product does not detect drop-offs. When doing exercises that require hand scanning, make sure that you use an area without steps or drop-offs, and without car or pedestrian traffic.
The Product does not provide the scope and detail of information obtained through vision and the coverage area/range may vary due to circumstances.
Users should always remove headphones from their ears when approaching and crossing intersections or when walking through areas that include business driveways, parking lots, or alleyswhere traffic might cross the path of travel.
For further warnings and disclaimers, please refer to the Product manual.”
The accessory is expected to be released alongside the Note 4 during Samsung's UNPACKED 2014 Episode 2 event in Berlin come September 3.