Samsung’s ultrasonic Galaxy Note 4 case will help the visually impaired see


In just three weeks, Samsung will unveil its much-anticipated flagship phablet of 2014, the Galaxy Note 4, and as usual it’s rumoured to feature some revolutionary hardware and software features with the most recent speculation pointing towards support for an ultrasonic cover — specifically designed for those who are visually impaired.

According to a report published by SamMobile, the case will have the facility to detect nearby objects and give appropriate feedback to users via the smartphone’s integrated loudspeaker or through a set of earphones. Three levels of sensitivity are rumored to be available — short, medium and long. As the user increases the range of ultrasonic signals, the width of the area covered by the ultrasonic sensor will get narrower.

Obviously, this revolutionary feature won’t replace any existing physical aids and shouldn’t be used as a substitute for a mobility aid tool. It should always be used in conjunction with a cane or guide dog, but, nevertheless, it’s still a pretty handy feature to have and it shows that Samsung is thinking outside the box to provide support for the visually impaired.

The cover, dubbed S Support, is expected to be announced alongside the Note 4 next month — so be sure to check back for more information.