LookAway Player brings Galaxy S4-like Smart Pause eye-tracking to iPhone

By , Apr 10, 2013

LookAway Player 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)LookAway Player 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Samsung has been promoting its eye-tracking technology, which debuted on the Galaxy S3, for some time now. As an S3 owner, I must say I wasn’t impressed with the handset’s ability to automatically shut down the display when looking away: it’s taxing on the battery and not very reliable. With the Galaxy S4, which is scheduled to go on sale by end of April, Samsung is doubling down on eye-tracking with a few related new features like Smart Scroll and Smart Pause.

And now, a new iPhone app has been released which brings the Smart Pause-like functionality to the iPhone…

As the name suggests, LookAway Player is a standard YouTube player application for the iPhone with built-in eye-tracking technology, powered by Cube26′s vision control capabilities that utilizes the front-facing camera to track eye movement.

You can control sensitivity of eye-tracking using two sliders in settings.

LookAway Player 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)LookAway Player 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

Then, search for a YouTube clip (or choose one of the trending videos) and start playing. When you look away, depending on your sensitive settings, the app should pause playback. Look straight at the screen and your media should resume playing.

It’s basically a proof-of-concept and we’d love to learn about your impressions down in the comments. The app supports the iPhone 4S and above and the iPad 2 and above.

Go ahead, download and try out LookAway Player now, it’s completely free.

For reference, here’s a demo of the Smart Scroll and Smart Pause features from Samsung’s Broadway-like Unpacked event.

That has got to be the awkwardest keynote I have ever seen, by the way. And what’s up with Hollywood C-list actors?

So, are features like Smart Scroll and Smart Pause just gimmicks designed to tick a few boxes or real enhancements?

I think iPhone users could benefit from something like Smart Pause. If done right, a feature like this could help conserve the handset’s battery life, no?

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  • http://twitter.com/ze_rusty Sachin

    On your face shamesung.

    • @dongiuj

      In

      • tstsr6

        Haha jokes

      • http://twitter.com/ze_rusty Sachin

        Feel the sarcasm bro. Bwahaha.

  • http://twitter.com/iVad3r Mohz

    Peanuts

  • Bob

    Just tried it, works great. Would be great if they could like create a Cydia tweak so that it does the same for all videos. I would love it on my Macbook too, and my TV and my computer, as a matter of fact, I’d like it everywhere. It works really well. What I don’t understand though is how it would save battery as the camera will basically always be on, wasting more battery.

    • SimonReidy

      Exactly (regarding battery usage). I’m still trying to work out how Christian could think standard video playback could use more battery than the front camera being permanently turned on during a video (plus the additional CPU usage and battery drain from constantly scanning your face looking for signs of movement).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Palermo/100002164977772 Jude Palermo

        Camera constantly on = battery constantly draining.

        No two ways around it. And it isn’t that cool to even think it is cool. It is weird and creates a LAZY reason to be lazy. Just reach the freak over and turn the page, or volume down, or up, or play or pause. You lazy American you. America is full of lazy people looking to get even more lazy. Hey I have an idea. Let me just talk and have the keyboard just type what I say. Oh wait, dragon does that. LAZY PEOPLE.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380073379 Quang Truong

        People will be like in Wall-E in the future

      • Brenda

        Americans? what would you call Samsung for integrating this on their new handset dumbass??

      • nevershoutchris

        Lazy.

  • RarestName

    Although they are gimmicks, they’re pretty cool. I could see myself using something like this in the future if it doesn’t consume much battery.

  • Kurt

    Very cool!

    • http://twitter.com/Cube26labs Cube26

      thanks @kurt178:disqus

  • felixtaf

    This is jus cool… Jus tried… Not gonna use it though… But if u move ur hand (not much), it recognizes and stops (which is good and also annoying). Samsung Smartpause works in the same way???

  • http://lonestudio.net Albert Van Otto

    just personal opinion here

    I saw iDownloadBlog as a fair iPhone fans, with them looking up the best enhancement on iPhone/iPad.

    But lately since I followed the update most of the news seems to focusing on looking down on everyone (mostly samsung) and making Apple seems to know the best for everything. (like a fanboy {pardon my language})

    Should I know the people who write for this blog is a bunch of fanboy (read my previous statement for clarity) I should never followed this blog from beginning. But since I liked how you guys keep up with the latest cydia hack and some cool apps, please consider on how would you guys post your news. Just so we, a small portion of people who might hate fanboy (again, read my previous statement) would love to keep up with this blog.

    • felixtaf

      Well, this statement was well addressed by the MOD’s before. Still not convinced? Read this…
      “iDownloadBlog (iDB) was founded in May 2008 as a weblog focused on delivering jailbreak information, Apple news, reviews, editorials as well as guides and tutorials about the iPhone, iPad, and everything iOS. While the main focus is Apple, iDB sometimes covers major industry-related events and companies that play in the same space as Apple’s, including, Google, Microsoft, etc…

      Its not what u want, its what they offer………. I must say, Thanks to iDB….

    • Lordthree

      How bout English?

    • http://twitter.com/FinestRocker Antonio Santos

      What you mean is that for you it sounds like they are being biased..?

  • http://twitter.com/Kevinfest Kevin

    This is great!

    • http://twitter.com/Cube26labs Cube26

      thanks Kevin :)

  • http://twitter.com/preetvarunsingh Preet Varun Singh

    Dint knew my brother-in-law was a app developer too. :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryanjames.christensen Ryan James Christensen

    I love this player!! It’s awesome!

    • http://twitter.com/Cube26labs Cube26

      thanks Ryan :)

  • bloodshed

    lool true said, rediculusly awkward keynote!!
    nice app anyways

  • http://twitter.com/Antoniogzzx onebyone_

    Ugly icon design
    Amazing features :)

    • http://twitter.com/Cube26labs Cube26

      thanks @twitter-220419450:disqus , we will be improving the UI in our next updates. if u have specific feedback, please feel free to let us know at info@cube26.com

  • Rajan Tailor

    After downloading, when i tried playing a video a message popped up saying”Unable to Play video, This video may not be available to play on your device.” I tried playing different videos but no luck :( .. I am using iphone 4s ios 6.1.2

    • tstsr6

      It may be your Internet? Try again with 3G or wifi maybe?

    • http://twitter.com/Cube26labs Cube26

      can you please check your internet connection once more, if you are still having issues, please email us at info@cube26.com , happy to help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hovig.ghazarian.3 Hovig Ghazarian

    This app proves that all apple needs is a software update to enable this feature as we already have front facing camera. (plus Samsung can bring smart pause to the galaxy note 2 and S3). I would like however for a cydia app to be created as the likelihood of apple doing it is 60%

    • http://twitter.com/Cube26labs Cube26

      @facebook-1670696655:disqus yes, you are right, a front facing camera and appropriate algorithms/softwares are good enough for implementing these kind of features. we would be releasing more features soon.

  • http://twitter.com/42GAR Saúl Ga

    The eye-tracking thing is bullshit. It doesn’t track your eyes, It tracks your face.
    Try this: start watching a video and then, without stop watching it, move your face away from the screen. It’ll pause! Even if your eyes are still on the screen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryanjames.christensen Ryan James Christensen

      At least it works. If it really tracked your eyes it would stop more frequently since you would need to have your eyes in a certain position to keep the movie playing.

  • Mohamed Ali

    I have a problem when I want to play a video on lookaway it says unable to play the video. I am using an iPhone 5. Could someone help me!!!