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Report: Samsung to Launch “Ultra Sonic” Case Alongside Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung is well known for launching a ton of accessories alongside their flagship devices. If the newest leak pans out, then it appears that the company is looking to improve the lives of select Galaxy Note 4 owners, as an Ultra Sonic case is reportedly in development.

With the Ultra Sonic case, the device sends out a burst of ultra sonic signals, and can then relay an audible alert of nearby objects to visually impaired users of the device. According to sources, the case features three range modes – short, middle, and long range. As the range is increased, the signal is narrowed, allowing for a further reach and return of data.  

While exact use cases might be limited, Samsung will most certainly show off such ability at IFA in September if in fact the case gets released alongside the Galaxy Note 4.

Thanks to SamMobile, a detailed description of the case has been posted online, so we have pasted it here in an attempt to better understand what exactly Samsung has in store.

The Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This Product is a non-medical device.

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.

We strongly recommend you to educate yourself fully and abide by the operating procedures of this manual before your first use. Furthermore, we encourage you to train yourself with how to use the Product and be sure to have fully understood how the Product works correctly. We are not responsible for or liable for any misuse of the Product or incorrect interpretation of the Product manual. While using the Product in training, it is strongly recommended that you work with a sighted friend who can give you visual feedback, particularly when you work with more advanced skills.

The Product does not detect drop-offs. When doing exercises that require hand scanning, make sure that you use an area without steps or drop-offs, and without car or pedestrian traffic.

The Product does not provide the scope and detail of information obtained through vision and the coverage area/range may vary due to circumstances.

Users should always remove headphones from their ears when approaching and crossing intersections or when walking through areas that include business driveways, parking lots, or alleys where traffic might cross the path of travel.

For further warnings and disclaimers, please refer to the Product manual.

Via: SamMobile
  • Adrynalyne

    So why would visually impaired users want the note 4 in the first place? If they can’t see it, they won’t enjoy it.

    • Johny M

      But it has QHD screen resolution. Why wouldn’t they want it lol

      • Adrynalyne

        Then they wouldn’t need the case if they could see that. See where I am going with this?

        • jimt

          I would guess this thing speaks saying object in front of you in ten steps, or something like that.

          • Adrynalyne

            Seems like a cheaper phone might be better suited. A lot of horsepower for something you can’t see to appreciate.

  • geocab

    Maybe they should make a screen that can reproduce the tactile sensation of Braille. That would be a feature.

  • jimt

    Might be useful for the blind, There was a show like 60 minutes where this kid could see buy making clicking sounds, who knows?

  • flosserelli

    I’m sure it will be another craptastic gimmick, just like their “baby monitor” feature.

  • bogy25

    It might JJust be a Super Unique Fad but it sounds supersonic

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Maybe you shouldn’t use your phone while walking when you can’t see?

    • creed

      I interpreted the feature to mean “easily locate items” in your home or apartment… Like car keys.

  • SmH

    still, batman >>>>>>> samsung

  • http://twitter.com ann p

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  • mcdonsco

    “launching a ton of accessories alongside their flagship devices”

    That’s a stretch…in my experience with the s4, n3 and s5 it took them months…not alongside.

  • yummy

    This does not sound safe to operate in any way. F U N

    Drop some L and go Ultra Sonic

  • TSY87

    Based on my experience with the other samsung gimmi…*ahem* excuse me, “features” like smart stay, smart pause, etc…. I would never ever suggest a vision impaired person use this feature. It will probably barely work in ideal conditions. Please Samsung… just because you can (barely) add a “feature”, doesn’t mean you should.

    • Justin Kos

      I partially agree, but it’s nice to see an OEM do something other than add an extra row of icons and an easy way to get 1/3 of the populations fingerprints.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Just make it to :28 and you will understand

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3nPLoODtGU

    • Suicide_Note

      Well, there’s thirty seconds of my life I wish I had back.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        Come on man.. now that’s funny, no? A little play on words and a poke of funny at Sammy’s expense.

  • Bryan Mills

    It should be helpful to the select few.

  • David Stevens

    They’ll be waiting a while to hear anything #touchwhiz laggggggggg

    • flosserelli

      Nova will fix that.
      /s

      • Mark Mann

        if by fix you mean completely render the case unusable because the app to use the case is baked into touchwiz

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Cool idea.