TECHNOLOGY giant Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy S4 smartphone, a handset which allows users to control the screen using their eyes.
A host of new features were revealed at the global launch in New York, including a dual camera function that can take two pictures at once and “smart pause”, which lets users pause a video by looking away from the screen.
“We have taken technology and innovation forward to help us get closer to what matters in life, to help us live a richer, simpler and more full life,” said JK Shin, president and head of IT and mobile communications at Samsung.
The highly-anticipated smartphone is predicted to pose a major threat to Apple and its dominance of the mobile phone market.
It will be on sale in the UK from April 26, and will be available through 327 mobile operators in 155 countries, including Orange, EE and Vodafone.
Samsung is said to be expecting sales of its new handsets to be as high as 10 million per month, largely driven by its new features, which were demonstrated in a theatrical launch event at the Radio City music hall and Times Square.
A heavily emphasised feature was the Galaxy S4’s remote technology which allows users to control functions without touching the 5in (12.7cm) screen.
“Smart pause” means people can pause a video by looking away from the screen, while “smart scroll” lets users scroll through emails without touching the screen, the S4 detecting the movements of the eyes and wrist.
Users can also change music tracks or accept a call with a simple wave of a hand.
The phone also has an inbuilt translator, which can translate voice or text, can measure temperature and humidity, allows users to activate commands via voice control when driving and even monitors your health.