menu

Future Apple iOS Could Include Motion Detection & Eye-Tracking

Future Apple iOS Could Include Motion Detection & Eye-Tracking
technology

Navigate your iPhone using nothing but a simple movement of your head.

Ross Brooks
  • 28 june 2013

If the idea of motion control appeals to you more than using a touchscreen, then you’ll be excited to hear that Apple has started experimenting with the idea of controlling an iPhone or iPad using just your head movements.

The features was first discovered as an Accessibility menu option within the developer’s version of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 7. It allows you to override the usual touchscreen options, but is not yet available publicly.

Using the device’s camera, the system will run through all available options within a menu, until the user indicates for one to be selected using a twitch of the head to one side. Whether you move your head left or right, can also determine the action taken, including returning to the home screen, displaying notifications or activating Siri.

apple-motion-detection-2

While it may not seem that intuitive for users who could navigate a lot quicker using the touchscreen, it opens up a lot more possibilities for those with limited mobility or other disabilities.

The new iOS will be available for everyday users in fall of this year, and even though it’s unlikely the motion detection system will become the new norm, it’s a step towards devices being more accessible.

apple-motion-detection-4

The hardware itself will likely need improving for this technology to become mainstream, but others such as Samsung have already implemented it with some success. The Galaxy S4 supports eye scrolling, moving a page when the user’s eyes look up or down, and detecting when motion has stopped.

Apple Motion Detection

Trending

Bicycle Hotel In Norway Makes Commuting A Breeze

Design & Architecture
Technology Yesterday

Umbrella Tells You Whether It's Needed Before You Go Out

Opus One was designed by former Samsung engineers and offers a weather forecast via the flashing LED on top

Sustainability Yesterday

Biocomposite Skateboard Provides An Eco-Friendly Ride

The Uitto is an eco-friendly skate deck crafted from Norwegian wood fibers

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Work Yesterday

Hyatt Honors Travelers With A 3D-Printed Statue Contest

The hospitality wanted to celebrate the people who go everywhere for work and make sure their tasks were not forgotten

Syndicated Yesterday

High-Tech Replica Brings Prehistoric Art Within Reach

A £48m recreation of the Lascaux Caves in France will let visitors experience the unique place for the first time in decades

Related Expert

Pam Scheideler

Convincing Early Adopters

Entertainment Yesterday

Tripod Lets You Make Snapchat Videos Hands-Free

The Camkix kit lets you record wirelessly from any angle

IoT Yesterday

GE Develops An Alexa-Enabled Table Lamp

The first in a line of interconnected home products will integrate Amazon's voice-activated system for smarter home living

Advertising Yesterday

Spotify Mines User Data To Create A Global Ad Campaign

The series of billboards relays the feelings that people express through listening to music

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Commerce Expert: Why Brick-And-Mortar Shopping Can’t Be Replaced

Erin Armendinger, SVP of bio, explains the physical need of customers to experience certain products before buying

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Food Yesterday

What Material Research In Beirut Bodes For Our Waste Crisis

Might building furniture and lights out of rose petals and coffee grounds point to more sustainable modes of living, as seen in Beirut Design Week?

Social Media Yesterday

This Collar Wants To Be The Bridge Between Human-Dog Communication

Inupathy claims to be world's first dog emotion visualizer

Retail Yesterday

Basquiat-Inspired Fashion Line Supports Emerging Talent

The late artist's estate has collaborated with New York label alice+olivia on a new range of designs

Retail Yesterday

Why Personalization Is The Key To Customer Satisfaction

Andrew Blackmon of The Black Tux shares how the company is using machine-learning models to streamline the fitting process

Gaming & Play Yesterday

Fidgeting Tools Designed To Help Creative Minds Focus

The DIDGETS Collection helps those who have anxiety or are restlessly moving to focus while they are working

PSFK EVENT

FUTURE OF RETAIL 2017:
Conference Built Around Report Launch
BUY TICKETS

Children Yesterday

Helpful Robot Teaches People Of All Ages How To Code

The Root has coding expertise designed to benefit a wide range of people

Home Yesterday

Sharing Service Connects Directors With Film Locations

Finding affordable places to film can be difficult, so GETset was designed to help creators easily find good locations

Technology Yesterday

Adobe Is Teaching Machines To Copy Your Artistic Style

A new research project called Stylit uses a camera to mimic a drawing and reproduce the strokes digitally

No search results found.