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#1 PS3Scene

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:07 AM

Sony Responds to VR Glove Patent
Posted by XanTium | 17-4-2007 22:07 EST

 
From next-gen.biz:


Sony tells Next-Gen that its recent patent on virtual reality gloves doesn't necessarily mean we'll all be jacked into the Matrix anytime soon.

"The development process requires that we file the necessary federal and industry paperwork to protect our ideas," said a Sony Computer Entertainment America rep. "However, a paperwork filing is no guarantee an idea will ultimately result in a consumer product."

The rep is referring to an SCE patent filing for a "hand-held computer interactive device" dated December 1, 2006 (found via Unwired View) which outlines what amounts to a pair of wireless VR gloves. The gloves would not only sense movement and translate that to on-screen action, but would also apply specified pressure to the hands to simulate touch.


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Posted 18 April 2007 - 02:48 AM

They could sit on the idea for however many years, and then when another company does all the hard work and makes a profit... Sony can sue them.

It would be like the Immersion case in reverse.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:23 AM

Hmm gloves that simulate touch..

A Tits and Ass Grab game would be sweet.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 01:25 PM

QUOTE(throwingks @ Apr 17 2007, 09:55 PM) View Post

They could sit on the idea for however many years, and then when another company does all the hard work and makes a profit... Sony can sue them.

It would be like the Immersion case in reverse.

"however many years" = 10, which IIRC is the lifespan of patent protection
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Now copyrights are something else altogether.

As a VR Device collector (I've got a lot of random old VR junk biggrin.gif ) This sounds pretty standard fair until you get to the part about touch feedback... THAT is definitely something new, and IMO makes for one of the essential features that has prevented VR from taking off in the past.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 01:40 PM

QUOTE(twistedsymphony @ Apr 18 2007, 01:32 PM) View Post

touch feedback... THAT is definitely something new, and IMO makes for one of the essential features that has prevented VR from taking off in the past.


i can just see it now, ann summers games division.


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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:02 PM

QUOTE(grim_d @ Apr 18 2007, 08:47 AM) View Post
i can just see it now, ann summers games division.
I had to google that. Is that bad?

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 06:45 PM

QUOTE(throwingks @ Apr 18 2007, 10:09 AM) View Post

I had to google that. Is that bad?


I had to as well... it must be a European thing




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