The eyes have it with LG's Smart View for smartphone video control
By Paul Ridden
March 15, 2013
Korean consumer electronics giant LG has announced that its flagship Optimus G Pro Android smartphone will be the first to receive eye-tracking video playback control. Launched in Japan back in January and released to the Korean market last month, the feature-packed smartphone will also gain a new Dual Camera feature, enhanced QRemote functionality and more personalization.
The 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm (5.9 x 2.9 x 0.3-inch), 4G LTE-equipped Optimus G Pro smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 32 GB of onboard storage (with microSD expansion) and is powered by a 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 processor. With the introduction of the new Smart View feature, users will no longer need to control playback by touching the screen.
The system uses the smartphone's front camera and advanced eye recognition technology to track the position of the viewer's eyes and auto pauses the video when the viewer is no longer paying attention to what's on screen. When the viewer's gaze returns to the screen, playback is resumed.
The Smart View feature will be introduced as part of a Value Pack user experience (UX) upgrade to be introduced in Korea next month, ahead of a limited rollout to a few of the company's premium smartphone models.
Other Value Pack upgrades include an extension of the G Pro's Dual Recording (video) feature named Dual Camera, which simultaneously captures photographs front (2.1 MP) and back (13 MP) for picture-in-picture composition.
There will also be new Magic Remote Pad and Text Keypad options for the QRemote feature that turns the smartphone into a remote control for LG's Smart TVs, color emoticons for a more personalized text message experience and enhanced Smart LED lighting home button outlining to allow for color customization.
Product page: Optimus G Pro