Amazon Developing 3D Smartphone With Gesture Control Features
Amazon is expanding its reach beyond Kindle devices as it’s been developing a high-end smartphone with gesture control features and a custom 3D interface that lets you see three-dimensional images without having to don glasses, according to a new report in BGR.
Sources have told the upcoming flagship phone will focus on Amazon products and services; it will use some gesture-based features that involve tilting the phone to navigate through content. The method would allow users to tilt their phones, instead of hitting menu buttons, to see labels on icons in certain apps.
In Amazon video store, for instance, a tilt could reveal IMDB ratings under movie titles. Similarly, Yelp ratings for each restaurant would appear on the map when you move your device around. Tilting the phone left or right in Amazon’s own store app will flip between pages, displaying more product images.
Tilting the device while you’re in the messaging app will open the phone’s camera roll to let you quickly attach a file, and tilting in the Kindle app could take you to the X-Ray feature to show some more info related to contextual details. This unique gesture-based interaction feature will also help you scroll in the Kindle and web browser app, the source reveals.
If this awful lot of tilting is not enough to get your wrists tired, Amazon’s hotly anticipated phone has some other things to amaze you. The device houses four front-facing low-power infrared cameras located on each of the four corners of the phone. These cameras work with other sensors to adjust the layout of page elements to generate 3D effects without the need for 3D glasses or a parallax barrier in front the LCD panel.
This effect will be visible in almost every part of the phone’s interface, and facilitates three-dimensional view of product images.
Amazon is reportedly working to recruit third-party developers in an effort to have apps and content that will make use of the phone’s 3D interface. Sources also tell that Amazon will make a set of APIs available to third parties for widespread use of its 3D technology.
Further details reveal that Amazon’s first phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM and will run a heavily customized version of Android OS. Featuring 720p HD, the phone’s display will measure 4.7-inch, which is the same size that the Moto X and iPhone 6 are rumored to feature.
In addition to the four face-tracking cameras, the phone is thought to carry a 13 megapixel rear camera, and a standard front-facing camera for video chatting and Amazon’s MayDay tech support feature.
Amazon’s 3D Smartphone will reportedly hit shelves by the end of September — the same time frame when Apple is expected to release its next iPhone. So there could be a heated showdown between Amazon and Apple, this summer.
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