At Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit event, the head of the Chinese company Honor, George Zhao, spoke about the new flagship smartphone Honor Magic6 and reported an interesting detail: one of the functions of the device allows interaction with the eyes. Its operation is ensured by the AI capabilities of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip.
The technology is called Magic Capsule – that’s what it is “Multimodal interaction based on eye tracking”. The company demonstrated how the technology works: A woman looks at a screen with a snippet of the Uber app at the top. By changing the direction of view, she completely reveals the application.
This is just one of Magic6’s amazing features – the smartphone will also get an AI-powered virtual assistant. For example, this assistant can be asked to collect all videos that meet certain criteria on the device, create an excerpt based on specified characteristics and save it in a new video. In the foreseeable future, manufacturers will introduce many more similar functions, which became possible thanks to the efforts of Qualcomm – the chipmaker integrated an AI accelerator into the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and invited partners to use its capabilities to the maximum.
The word “multimodal” used in the Magic Capsule’s description may indicate that eye tracking is just one way to control the device. Honor hasn’t specified when Magic6 will be released, but Qualcomm hopes to start releasing smartphones on the new flagship platform in the coming weeks.