Sony patent motion control using any object
Picture the scene. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 has just come out, and you stroll up to your PlayStation Eye with your favourite coffee mug in your hand. A few seconds later, that mug has become your 3-wood and you’re using it to drive a ball 300 yards down the 1st at St. Andrews.
Now, thanks to a patent application from Sony, that could happen. As well as the recently demonstrated ‘motion wand’, Sony have now registered an idea that will see any object become a game controller.
The patent tells us of the plan to have any object ‘mapped’ by the system so that it can be used as a controller.
In the illustration below, you can see a man holding what can only be described as M.C. Escher’s toilet u-bend, but the idea is that this could be any real-world device. A plate. A baseball bat. A golf club. A hamster*.
Gamers will simply need to show various angles of the object to a capturing system – most likely the PlayStation Eye – and once the data has been gathered the object can be used within any supporting title.
In this next diagram you can see some examples of the kind of objects Sony has in mind. Shame they didn’t go with the hamster for the patent application though.
It will be interesting to see where Sony takes this technology, and we await the birth of the first SonyDamage.com website and the inaugural law suit when the aforementioned hamster becomes one with the 40 inch HDTV.
*The value of your hamster may go down as well as up. Make sure you read all the terms and conditions. If you do not keep up your repayments, your hamster may be repossessed. Oh, and don’t use a hamster as a gaming device – ok?