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The moment has come for Amazon's first entry into the smartphone space

We have covered numerous reports over the years that have suggested that Amazon would introduce its own smartphone. It’s only been in the past few months, however, that we’ve gotten concrete evidence that the company indeed has a product that was close to production, courtesy of leaked information obtained by Boy Genius Report.
 
Now, Amazon is ready to show off its smartphone with its reported 3D interface. The company has posted a teaser video that shows the reactions of people as they use the device for the first time:
 
 
The way the people interact and move their heads/eyes to track the device seem to line up well with BGR’s assertion that the device will feature multiple front-facing infrared cameras that track user movement. The resulting 3D effect is said to allow “Amazon’s interface [to] display additional information on the screen without the user having to touch or tap anything,” according to BGR.


Here's the first official image of Amazon's new smartphone
 
Amazon will unveil its new smartphone on June 18 at an event in Seattle. The event will be open to the public.

Sources: Amazon [YouTube], Bloomberg





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Interesting...
By retrospooty on 6/5/2014 10:06:57 AM , Rating: 2
Although this was a PR video. I am sure that wasnt a random sampling of people. I will be interesting to see what it really does and how well it does it in the hands of independent reviewers.




RE: Interesting...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/5/2014 10:15:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm more interested to see how they price this thing and how they monetize it...


RE: Interesting...
By SublimeSimplicity on 6/5/2014 10:17:58 AM , Rating: 5
"This is silly, what moron came up with this gimmick?"
Director: "Cut!!"
<yanks phone away>
Director: "Next!"


RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 6/5/2014 10:26:53 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... But they probably did more of a "Come in and check out this new phone and its new interface. Act like its amazing and we will give you one free and put you in our press video" and that would be enough to get good reactions.

The real question to me is how well it works. I have heard eye recognition and touch less gestures. That sounds great if it works seamlessly and consistently. AS BH mentioned price is also important. I am sure Amazon will have no issue at all monetizing it LOL.


RE: Interesting...
By SublimeSimplicity on 6/5/2014 10:39:31 AM , Rating: 4
It actually makes a lot of sense that Amazon would come out with a phone/tablet that tracks your eye movements.
Where your eyes naturally go on a page, how they react to elements on it, all extremely valuable info to collect and leverage for a marketing company.


RE: Interesting...
By vortmax2 on 6/6/2014 12:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
Key statement here...


RE: Interesting...
By heffeque on 6/5/2014 10:43:13 AM , Rating: 3
In Reddit they changed the title to "Amazon customers discover their genitals for the first time". Watch it again with this new title in mind.


RE: Interesting...
By bug77 on 6/5/2014 11:32:03 AM , Rating: 5
RE: Interesting...
By MozeeToby on 6/5/2014 11:08:23 AM , Rating: 2
I am one of those people for whom 3D stuff simply doesn't work the vast majority of the time. 90% of the time my brain/eyes interpret it as out of focus, distracting, and headache inducing. About 10% of the time it pops and I see what I can only assume you're supposed to see and for those fleeting seconds the effect can be pretty cool.

The problem is, people like me are a lot more common than the designers behind 3D products seem to think. I wanna say I read somewhere that 30% or more people have difficulty seeing 3D effects.


RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 6/5/2014 11:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
But this isnt a 3D visual effect that you look at. This is 3D sensors like in an Xbox Kinect that are looking at you. They can track your eyes, so for example, you look down, it scrolls down. It also tracks gestures, so you can wave your finger to the right and it will scroll right (and I am sur ethey added in a ton of useful ones on top of that). The screen itself is standard 2D.


RE: Interesting...
By Gondor on 6/6/2014 2:15:13 AM , Rating: 2
I suffer from horizontal nystagmus ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nystagmus ).

I wonder how these sensors are going to deal with people with this condition :-) Are they going to keep panning the screen back and forth ?


RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 6/6/2014 8:52:18 AM , Rating: 2
I am going to guess that they wont. This wouldn't be the right product for you.

More info i it here.
http://www.androidcentral.com/amazon-reportedly-us...


RE: Interesting...
By Gondor on 6/6/2014 1:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
So the sensors don't really track the eyes but head movement instead ? I guess I'm covered despite my condition ... but Muhammad Ali isn't.


RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 6/6/2014 1:42:04 PM , Rating: 2
I think we don't know yet. It will depend what Amazon did with it. People are saying hand and face gestuires, eye recognition too but it's all just rumors. Clearly by the video it's at least "some of the above"


Video of 3D effect with a Kinect
By Solandri on 6/5/2014 2:39:14 PM , Rating: 3
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLN3mMlCjpbUr...

This is what people are speculating Amazon has done to create a "3D effect". You use cameras to track the observer's position, and draw a 2D image with the perspective a 3D image would have from the observer's position.

The idea isn't really new, and there are even apps in the Play and App stores which do a mediocre job of it (due to limited sensor data from the iPhone/iPad and Android devices - the Kinect is a much better tracking sensor). It's just mostly a gimmick right now. I'm curious to see if Amazon has come up with a practical use for it within the UI.




Great...
By Motoman on 6/5/2014 10:05:41 AM , Rating: 2
...now instead of people in the movie theater just tapping around on their smartphones, they're gonna be weaving and wobbling around with them :p




Is that a video...
By Zak on 6/6/2014 1:30:23 PM , Rating: 2
Is that a video for a penis enlargement product?




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