Lately Virtual Reality/3D game control devices have been all the rage. Wii Remote or various VR gloves come to mind.
But while Wii Remote is good at tracking your 3D hand movements, basically that’s it. VR Gloves can capture a wider array of control gestures, but they are very inconvenient to use. Just think of putting them on and off everytime you want to play a game.
What if you could have a device that is as easy to use as Wii Remote, but could capture all you palm, finger and hand movements? Wouldn’t it be cool?
Sony thinks so too and may soon have a 3D PS3 game controller to prove it. At least that’s what their patent application for “Hand-held computer interactive device” describes:
This 3D game controller is designed to be held in your hands, is able to capture all your palm and finger movements and transmit them as commands to your PS3 or Vaio PC. You can pick up and manipulate various objects on screen just by squeezing and relaxing your fingers.
The device is even able to give you a tactile feedback. That is, you will be able to “feel” when you pick up or press something on the screen.
Add to it a few gyroscopes and 3D hand motion detection technology described in previous Sony patents and they may have a perfect 3D game controller for your PS3 soon.
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