The South Korean-based LG has developed a new type of eye tracking software that will soon be available on the Optimus G Pro series of smartphones. LG is the first electronics maker to bring this type of technology to market.
LG calls this amazing new technology ‘Smart Video’, and it allows the user to control video playback simply with motions tracked in the eye itself. LG will be the first company to introduce this type of software on a mass scale and to the general public. This neat feature along with a few other additional extras will be available on what LG calls their ‘Value Pack’.
Dr. Jong-seok Park who serves as LG’s CEO said that LG was continuously trying to find new ways that they could be more creative with their product line. “LG is continuously innovating to offer creative ways to offer a user experience that adds value to our customers,” Park said. “It’s the positive UX that will differentiate smartphones in 2013 and beyond, not only cutting-edge hardware specs.”
Smart Video is quite amazing since there is no physical touch or voice-spoken commands to make it work. It initiates commands by monitoring the user’s eye movements from its front-facing camera. It offers the ability to play automatically once the video has started, stop the video all together or simply pause the video. For example if a user looks away from the video due to a distraction or for whatever reason, the video will then pause and later pick up from where it paused after it detects the user is facing the video again.
One very interesting feature for the new Optimus G Pro upgrade will be the ‘Dual Camera’ mode that will allow a user to video record simultaneously from the front and rear-facing camera. While it is not necessarily recognized as a new ground breaking technology, it is however the first camera in the history of smartphones to implement such a feature. With this feature the videographer can be a part of the video recording in real picture in picture recording time. This concept eliminates the need of a second camera, which would then need to be synchronized later in the editing process.
The Value Pack upgrade will also include the ability to use the Optimus G Pro as a remote control for LG Smart TVs, customizable colors for their contacts list. Flashing LED in different shade of color to identify specific callers, E-mail contacts or missed calls.
LG says Value Pack will be available to the South Korean market this April and in other locations thereafter.