A new patent filed by PlayStation Eye creator Dr Richard Marks suggests Sony is looking into Kinect like technology.
The patent was filed on 26th October 2011, and published on 16th February 2012. The patent states the words: “depth sensing device” and “a three-dimensional camera” that uses “controlled infrared lighting” to scan an area.
The patent reads: “With the increased processing capabilities of today’s computer technology, new creative methods for interacting with computer systems have become available,”
“There is a need for enhanced systems and methods that allow interaction in a three-dimensional environment. The methods should allow user interaction without requiring additional equipment, such as arm coverings or gloves. In addition, the method should not require overly burdensome processing ability and should have the ability to function in real-time, thus providing the user with a natural computer interaction experience.”
As Eurogamer reports, The patent doesn’t specifically describe a device, more what such a device could achieve. Beyond the title there is only one reference to gaming and one reference to PlayStation.
- “Embodiments of the present invention provide real-time interactive gaming experiences for users. For example, users can interact with various computer-generated objects in real-time. Furthermore, video scenes can be altered in real-time to enhance the user’s game experience. For example, computer generated costumes can be inserted over the user’s clothing, and computer generated light sources can be utilised to project virtual shadows within a video scene. Hence, using the embodiments of the present invention and a depth camera, user’s can experience an interactive game environment within their own living room. “
- “The processing system 174 can be implemented by an entertainment system, such as a Sony.RTM. Playstation.TM. II or Sony.RTM. Playstation.TM. I type of processing and computer entertainment system. It should be noted, however, that processing system 174 can be implemented in other types of computer systems, such as personal computers, workstations, laptop computers, wireless computing devices, or any other type of computing device that is capable of receiving and processing graphical image data.”
The timing of the patent, October 2011, suggests Sony developed this idea after Kinect launched, in November 2010. It will be interesting to see what Sony uses this tech for. Of course, some are speculating the tech won’t be used until, or, will be a main feature of the PS4 when it is finally announced. We’ll just have to wait and see, but an interesting story none the less. Give us your thoughts below.