Galaxy Note 4 ultrasonic cover tipped to be in development

August 20, 2014
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With each new smartphone that Samsung launches, the firm also launches a hoard of new accessories as well. With the Galaxy Note 4 coming soon, a bunch of accessories will be coming in tow. One of the accessories that has been tipped to be in development is an interesting ultrasonic cover for the massive smartphone.

A source that clams to be familiar with what Samsung has planned claims that the ultrasonic cover has a sensor inside that is able to detect objects near the front of the user and provide feedback on what is in front of them. The ultrasonic sensor appears to be aimed at people with specific medical conditions that impair vision.

It rather sounds like the cane Auggie uses on Covert Affairs when he is in the office that helps him to know what is in front of him, despite being blind. The description of the ultrasonic cover for the device was leaked by the source and points out clearly that the cover can’t replace a cane, guide dog, or a human guide.

The description also warns that the ultrasonic cover can't detect drop-offs. The description reads, "It cannot replace a cane and should never be used as a mobility aid or substitute for any mobility aid tool. It must always be used in combination with a cane, a dog guide, or a human guide because, by itself, it does not provide information necessary for safe travel."

SOURCE: Sammobile


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  • Devilishone

    So blind people are goingto buy a 5.7 inch phone ? Nope. Seems Samsung is missing the boat again..pit in a 4th gig of ram and call it a day and it will sell

    • Paul

      Anything that aids visual impairment is a good thing. What a shortsighted post…

      • Devilishone

        Not when it’s useless. People with visual impairments don’t buy 5 inch anythings…grow up. Pick the right battles

      • Paul

        As someone with a visual impairment and a note 3, I’d suggest you need to grow up pal. You are clearly misguided and have no clue.

      • Devilishone

        As someone who sells I. Canada on behalf of the C.N.I.B…even with the discount to make it a 300 dollar phone(note 3) 4 were sold to visually impaired people in 6 months in Canada. Maybe up here were smarter. Who knows

      • TucsonMatt

        Or, maybe they’re buying from someone else with more knowledge, or via the Internet where they deal with a large screen (apparently useless) and not clueless salespeople.

      • Paul

        How can you criticise what Samsung are doing? Any aid, especially when used by so few, should be heralded.

    • TucsonMatt

      There is a difference between blind and visually impaired. Yeah… a blind person won’t buy a 5.7″ phone, but someone with visual impairments will ABSOLUTELY buy a 5.7″ phone. Why would someone with visual impairments look at a 4″ phone and a 5.7″ phone and choose the 4″ phone – because it’s so much easier for them to read? The larger screen is of great benefit from someone with visual impairments.

      Did you say the same thing when book publishers started coming out with Large Print editions? “These will never sell – people with visual impairments will never buy a book with larger print.” ???

      • Devilishone

        Visuay impaired people want voice options. Not squinting to see a screen they can barely make out. We spent a lot on marketing and research…did you?

      • TucsonMatt

        Personal experience, and comments from many people I know who have said they need the larger screen size in order to be able to use the phone effectively works for me.

        Of course voice options are nice, but try that in a noisy environment, an environment with no privacy and you don’t want people to hear what you’re doing. Now…you need the larger screen or you’re out of luck.