Samsung Galaxy S4 to Feature Touchless Gesture System?

Now, as we’re sure you’ll agree, the successor to the popular Galaxy S3 will no doubt feature a cutting edge specification, but if the latest rumours are to be believed, the Galaxy S4 will feature something that has yet to be seen on a smartphone – touchless gesture operation.

This latest rumour comes courtesy of Korea’s DDaily, an industry news site, which says Samsung will be deploying an Atmel chip which will be capable of interpreting gestures within range of the screen without the user actually needing to make contact – similar to the tech used on the Sony Xperia Sola.

We’re hoping that this will indeed be the case – how cool would that be? Admittedly we’re not quite sure how practical such a feature would be and also how effective it would be either – After all, what would happen if someone was near the phone, perhaps looking over your shoulder, one sweep of their finger and they could be liking posts on Facebook from that friend you don’t really like, but haven’t removed from your friend list…  we’re sure you’ve got one!

Interestingly, Samsung has a patent filing which was uncovered last year entitled “METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING USER’S GESTURE IN ELECTRONIC DEVICE”. Below is an image of how the touchless gestures may work.

If the rumour turns out to be true, and the system catches on, we think it’s obvious to say that you can expect it to feature on many more Samsung devices, and not just smartphones.

Now, for anyone who’s not heard much about the successor to the Galaxy S3, the Android device is rumoured to be a power house when it comes to the technical spec, with features that include a 5-inch 1080p screen, 2 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 13MP camera, 4G connectivity and much more.

We hope the S4 will be announced ASAP, although apparently Samsung isn’t planning any big events at this year’s MWC happening later this month – but, although Samsung hasn’t officially said anything, it’s thought that the handset will be announced at an ‘Unpacked’ event on March 15th. Let’s wait and see…