New Sony patent application shows an "Eyepad" tablet game controller

Sony is going to make a major Playstation-related announcement in the next few days and all signs point to the official reveal of the Playstation 4. There have already been images posted to the Internet that show what appears to be a prototype for the PS4 controller, which includes a small screen that might or might not be a touchpad.

Now a newly discovered European patent application from Sony shows that the company has worked on a design for a very different kind of game controller, which it calls the "Playstation Eyepad." Yes, this Eyepad does indeed have a tablet-like look to it, based on the drawings that Sony included in its application.

Even with its name, the "Eyepad" doesn't have much of a resemblance to Apple's iPad in terms of its look or its features. The application says that Sony's controller contains two stereoscopic cameras that are designed to scan something that's placed on top of the device, with the idea that the object could then be translated into a virtual object in a game by being scanned by the cameras.

This is clearly some pretty advanced hardware that Sony has dreamed up and it's likely that the "Eyepad" will never be released, at least in this form. However, it's certainly an interesting concept for combining real and virtual objects with a game controller and it's possible we could see technology similar to the ones described in the "Eyepad" in the future.

Source: FreePatentsOnline.com | Image via Sony
Via: GameChump

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Think a lot of people here are forgetting Sony had the Eyetoy for ps2 about 4 years before apple made any of their products iStuff. So its perfectly fine, if anything they could take it to apple for infringements.

I am more waiting for the iReligious crowd

dtourond said,
If you build it. They will come.

not sure on quote origin? waynes world 2? evan almighty?? gimme a clue

SPEhosting said
Not sure on quote origin? waynes world 2? evan almighty?? gimme a clue
I think it was Evan Almighty. Not too sure. I've heard that quote from people.

warwagon said
"Eyepad?" ... I see what you did there!
Why can't they come up with their own name.. I don't like the iPad, but at least be original.

That looks more like a combination of the Wii U controller and the sensor tech of MS Pixelsense (formerly known as Surface).

This is clearly some pretty advanced hardware that Sony has dreamed up and it's likely that the "Eyepad" will never be released, at least in this form.

Yes it's so advanced that nobody has ever done it before. Oh wait MS did it already in like 2006.