Today PlayStationLifestyle.net (linked above) has uncovered a http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2010/0004061.html (http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&p=1&S1=468904&OS=468904&RS=468904) which may be for an upcoming PS3 fitness exercise gaming device.
To quote: The fitness controller is described as such:
"The present invention embodiments promote performance of exercise by users during a computer simulation or game. An embodiment of the present invention includes an exercise device with a plurality of effector or gripping members in the form of handles to be manipulated by a user.
A coil steel spring provides the resistance for the handles that may be compressed together or pulled apart for resistance-based exercise. The device further includes additional input devices to interact with a simulation or gaming scenario.
The user applies forces to the handles to interact with the scenario, thereby requiring the user to perform exercises during the simulation or game play."
This was an inevitable step for Sony to take what with Nintendo having the current grip on fitness related console games. I totally support the idea and will probably invest in this or Sony Fit?? equivalent.
Heh, it is both funny and interesting watching the various companies now try and play catch up in areas they once quite vocally scoffed at before. If it had not been made a viable market with recent successes in this area, things like this would more than likely never have been green lighted.
Now they start to see how much of the big picture they were missing before by being so set in their ways and not thinking outside of the box. But if those images are even remotely close to what they are actually proposing it will be very interesting to see the consumer response to the product.
Well I can't blame them for wanting to muscle in on the market, Wii Fit has sold pretty well. On the other hand, I don't know if it's going to work so well for Sony... fitness in HD? Seems a little overkill to me.