Being a swaddle master without being slave to your credit card
Samsung’s got a pretty touching little video called Swaddle Master about a dad left home along trying to figure out how to swaddle his kiddo. Here’s the video, a little on how to do the same thing on the phone you probably currently have right after.
Ok, there are three features showcased in this video. There’s hands-free answering, S-Voice, and Smart Pause. I’m not even going to get into the logistics of a Galaxy S4 and baby fluids as the S4 is not water resistant, nor one piece, nor plugged. That is not where I would lay that phone.
First off if I remember correctly there’s hands-free answer. Cool sure, replicable with any phone running Tasker that has a proximity sensor. Andreas over at Pocketables had a piece on how to replicate the Galaxy S4 air gesture call answer for significantly less than the cost of a two year contract.
So secondly there’s S-Voice, which the dad uses to look up a swaddling video. S-Voice has been available for rooted phones for a long time now, and it’s not exactly a new Samsung product. The features of S-Voice can be replicated using Google Now, although it might require a touch. I’m not entirely sure if S-Voice is always running and listening or if Google Now is any different. It’s late, don’t make me research.
So, if you’ve got an Android and you’re rooted, just flash an S-Voice mod, or something similar. It’s just software, and not particularly revolutionary software as there are plenty of voice assistants out there and I’m sure at least one is a zero touch.
Finally there’s smart pause, a feature of the phone designed to make sure if you look away, close your eyes for a long time, etc, you won’t miss anything. It’s great for forcing you to watch a two minute commercial in its entirety before a video plays, so thanks Samsung, you’ve made advertisers a way to force people to watch.
I’m not even going to attempt to replicate that feature. You might have me there on looking away. You could easily pause hands-free using the proximity sensor and Tasker. If you anticipate needing something that tracks your eyes, maybe the GS4 is for you.
If you’re not familiar with rooting, flashing, etc, a couple of hours spent learning it could save you from being locked into a two year contract with your carrier.