Everyone grows up wanting superpowers. Some want to fly like Superman, others to leap from building to building like Spider-Man or to be super strong like Hulk. Us? We wanted an arsenal of amazing gadgets like Batman – and our best friend wanted to, um… whatever superpowers Robin had.
Imagine, for a second, that smartphones get all Terminator on us and achieve consciousness. Well, one of the first things they’re going to start talking about is what superpowers they want. “A dynamic screen!” one will cry in its shrill electronic voice. “The ability to see round corners!”, “Gesture controls for menu navigation!”, “Auto-scroll for reading!” others will shout.
But over in the corner, one phone sits quietly on its own, saying nothing. For this phone is no ordinary phone. Granted astonishing powers after an incident in a microchip manufacturing plant, it already has all of the abilities the other phones yearn for. In short, it has Dynamic Perspective. And the name of that phone? Why, that’s a secret of course.
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Alright, not really. It’s the Amazon Fire Phone.
Dynamic Perspective is a suite of special talents on the Fire Phone made possible by a custom-designed sensor system that follows the user’s gaze in relation to the device.
Some clever software trickery then does its thing behind the scenes and, like magic, you have Dynamic Perspective. So what does it do? Well, it uses depth, movement and perspective to create immersive visuals and experiences. Home-screens, maps and even games are rendered in real-time for incredible visual effect.
But there’s a lot more to it than just looking pretty. Take maps: with Dynamic Perspective, tall buildings will really look tall. What’s more, Fire Phone adjusts the map view based on your vantage point… Is that tall building blocking your view of the smaller building behind it? Just peer behind it and the perspective changes. Want to see Yelp ratings overlaid on the map? Just peek to view. In some games, you can even use it to look round obstacles and corners.
A great new gesture
The same tech is at work with gesture control. Tilt the phone and it’ll bring up new panels without the need for your fingers. Left panels are used to navigate menus, right to access info and shortcuts. For instance, you can tilt right in a text message and find photos ready and waiting to be attached.