New 'Umoove Experience' iOS Game Demos Face and Eye Tracking Technology

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Umoove, an Israeli startup developing mobile-based face and eye-tracking technology, today released a new game that demonstrates its current work on tracking using the iPhone's front-facing camera.

    Umoove Experience: The 3D Face & Eye Tracking Flying Game is a simple app that allows users to fly through a village using gentle head movements that are detected by the camera. The goal is to collect potion bottles scattered throughout the landscape by turning and moving up and down with head movements. The game also incorporates touch gestures at the same time for an all-encompassing gaming experience, with the touches used to control flight speed.

    Umoove has been developing its head and eye-tracking technology since 2010, and the current game serves as a simple demo highlighting the ways the system could be used in other apps and games in the future. As in the game demo that combines head movements with touch, Umoove's goal is to supplement traditional touchscreen controls rather than replace them.

    In an interview with TechCrunch, Umoove CEO Yitzi Kempinski notes that the addition of head-tracking to standard touch controls is meant to mimic real-world experiences.
    Umoove is currently offering indie developers a free SDK to incorporate face-tracking into their own apps and games. According to Kempinski, Umoove is also talking with OEMs about adding the technology into future devices.

    Motion tracking using the iPhone's camera has been explored in the past, with two French researchers detailing a system for head tracking using an iOS device's camera back in 2011. Apple has expressed interest in similar technology in the past, with a 2009 patent detailing face-controlled 3D displays, and it has implemented accessibility options in iOS 7 allowing iPhone users to control their devices using head movements.

    Umoove Experience: The 3D Face & Eye Tracking Flying Game can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: New 'Umoove Experience' iOS Game Demos Face and Eye Tracking Technology
  2. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Useless gimmick.

    Oh wait, this isn't Samsung? Then, it's the most revolutionary thing ever existed!!
  3. irfaanfaki macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Seems to work fairly well I've tested it on an iPad. Wonder if it's worth $3.2 billion ?
  4. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
  5. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    It's a game - by definition, relatively gimmicky.

    But of course, gotta make sure to get in a defense of Samsung and shot at Apple and its fans huh? :rolleyes:

    Seems like it could be cool for games. Surprised that its so software dependent. I guess I just assumed there was some hardware involved in the tracking stuff.....

  6. fel10 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2010
    Woodstock, GA USA
    LOL spot on
  7. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Well that was completely underwhelming. I went through the setup screens and calibrated the camera on my iPhone. Then I spent about 30 seconds apparently scraping my head across the ground, with no way to re-orient myself.
  8. brinary001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    Would it be safe to say this is kind of a Kinect-like experience? Because that's the feeling I got when reading this. :confused:
  9. phillipduran macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2008
    Only thermostats can pull in that kind of money. :rolleyes:
  10. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    And Apple's not involved.

    I'm trying to imagine why anyone would expect people to have great loyalty to some company called Umoove that nobody ever heard of--and then be offended in advance by that loyalty?

    Really? Anti-Umoove trolling? All over a cool little tech demo with some future potential?

    Samsung trolls have gotten increasingly bizarre.
  11. kaneda macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2001
  12. pgiguere1, Jan 14, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014

    pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Right. Samsung features are only called "gimmicky" because people have double standards, but in reality, something like Smart Pause or Smart Scroll are just as functional and polished as Touch ID.

    They're also so similarly useful that a similar proportion of those respective phone users must use them.


    Oh, never mind that every possible review is trashing those Samsung eye-tracking features, mentioning they work like 10% of the time and wouldn't even be that useful even if they worked, whereas they're praising Touch ID everywhere. The whole tech media has a bias, but fortunately there's people like you who don't.
  13. dec., Jan 14, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014

    dec. Suspended


    Apr 15, 2012
    Not really, even the non-Samsung version looks like a useless gimmick (btw. is it a new record to mention Samsung in the first reply to a news topic?).
  14. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    One is a game and one is pausing a video.

    It's only a double standard if it's the same things being treated differently. Those features are in no way the same thing.
  15. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    Just what does Mossad and NSA have up their sleeves with this I wonder..;)
  16. Bare, Jan 14, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2014

    Bare macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    There is no way the current front-facing camera on the iPhone is accurate enough to be used for pinpoint-accurate aiming in first-person shooters. Maybe one day, they'll have the technology to put a dot on the screen at exactly where you're looking that can be as accurate as a mouse, but IMO, we're a long way away from that.
  17. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Not just that, but it's also not like this "game" (more like tech demo) is preinstalled on new iPhones and marketed by Apple as a major selling point of their new phone.

    It seems like a bunch of MacRumors readers have switched to a Samsung phone and will upvote any positive comment about Samsung, no matter how dumb, to validate their purchase.

    Maybe it's just me, but I feel like the community here is going downhill. We should of course not blindly defend Apple either, but at least try to stay on-topic and rational, and not upvote those who aren't. But you'll often see a totally illogical, off-topic comment about Samsung in top comments instead...
  18. Sol macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2003
    Ask Apple since they are in bed with them.
  19. perealb macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2009
    Go away, fandroids! Waste your time in an Android or Google forum.
  20. SAIRUS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2008
  21. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    I think it's because ALL of Samsungs eye gestures are called Gimicky, I feel that some are, but there are a few I actually use.

    I use smartstay because I like that my phone stays on when Im reading a page, and will turn off if I've fallen asleep and dropped my phone.

    I also use SmartRotation or whatever it's called, it detects the orientation of my eyes and won't rotate the screen if Im laying in bed reading on my side.
  22. username: macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2013
    I tried the game in a dark room and it didn't work. I often play games at night in bed or with the lights dimmed so maybe that's something the technology needs to account for.
    I prefer to use my hands... Unless somehow moving my head around adds an amazing experience that is worth all the neck pain.
  23. dec. Suspended


    Apr 15, 2012
    Maybe it's just my personal perception but I find it kind of funny to always see the same people jumping right onto the "slightly" irrational google critics like in the recently closed Nest thread, but pretty "simple" posts like these don't seem to bother them at all. :D
  24. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    Troll alert. Who said it wasn't a useless gimmick? Plus this is some random small company, not Apple. Fail.
  25. vomhorizon macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2013
    Thats actually smart..I drop my phone so many times that i really wished the iphone had the ability to turn off the screen..Its specially helpful when your 5 year old tosses the phone to the other side of the room !

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