Back in 2013 when Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 with more pomp and substance that we had ever seen, it showed off the new eye-tracking features that its latest smartphone touted. Its possible that the company might build up on that and offer a similar but much more advanced feature on its next generation Galaxy flagship, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. A patent application was filed in Europe last year for a new method that would allow users to control their mobile device through its head tracking feature.
Obviously the front camera will be used, the patent mentions that this feature would come in handy when users are not able to touch their device or if they’re wearing gloves that the touchscreen doesn’t pick up. Users would instead be able to interact with the device through winks, nods and head movements. Samsung has not yet commented on this patent, so its unclear if this technology will make it in the Galaxy S5. And one can’t always be too sure about patented technologies, it doesn’t mean that they definitely will end up in a consumer device. Samsung has hinted at the possibility of Galaxy S5 having an iris scanner though, but so far nothing has been confirmed. The next generation Galaxy flagship is expected to be released in April 2014.