Sony Patent Uncovered for Kinect-Like PlayStation Device


178w ago - While Sony is currently promoting Move, today Siliconera.com (linked above) has uncovered a patent for a Kinect-like PlayStation device filed by Sony Computer Entertainment America.

While it's not a controller-free environment, the new controller device does track the location of players.

To quote: It's equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, magnometer, and most interestingly an ultrasonic transmitter. The controller uses this to communicate with another device to determine the location of the controller and player through echolocation.

The controller is half of the gizmo. Users also place this device on the floor and it communicates with a console via radio signals.

Sony equipped the floor sensor with a motion detector, cameras, sound processor, and another ultrasonic processor. Image detection lets it know where players are and if it has been moved.

Like the PlayStation Move controller, it has LEDs on top that provide visual feedback for in-game events and when your batteries are low. An onboard sound processor and microphone are present for voice control."







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lordfenixnc's Avatar
#10 - lordfenixnc - 178w ago
I just love how People Forget about the DreamEye... Sony bought the Tech from Sega and rehashed it to what we all know as the EyeToy... So to be honest it doesn't surprise me they are trying to make a Kinect Knock off

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#9 - costocart - 178w ago
Don't you already have something like this for the PS3 Sony? Oh yeah, THE PLAYSTATION EYE!
really? you can play game and video chat at the same time? like in diagram 3? i didn't know this since i don't have the ps eye

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#8 - tonybologna - 178w ago
Don't you already have something like this for the PS3 Sony? Oh yeah, THE PLAYSTATION EYE!

You beat me to it. Exactly what I was thinking. It's really similar technology when it comes down to it.

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#7 - CyanCaze - 178w ago
Don't you already have something like this for the PS3 Sony? Oh yeah, THE PLAYSTATION EYE!

costocart's Avatar
#6 - costocart - 178w ago
you can have video conferencing while playing a game... thats cool. in other words... i can see your face when i'm kicking your butt in codbops













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