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