Sony files patent for Kinect-like motion device

Microsoft has created a huge hit for the Xbox 360 gaming console with the Kinect add-on device. The motion sensors and the camera on the device have caused people to rethink how they play and interact with console games. Recently, Microsoft launched a version of Kinect for Windows PCs.

Now it looks like Sony wants to join in the motion sensing bandwagon. The company filed for a patent application with the US government several months ago for such a product. The application became public earlier this week. It describes a method for what Sony says is a "real-time three-dimensional interactive environment using a depth sensing device."

The patent application definitely describes a product that is extremely similar to Kinect. It states:

Generally, embodiments of the present invention allow the user to interactive with, and affect, computer objects and environments that are combined visually with the user's actual physical environment. Through the use of a three-dimensional camera, three-dimensional images can be obtained in real-time. These three-dimensional images are utilized to place digital objects within the user's environment, track the user's movement, and accurately detect when the user interacts with the digital objects.

Sony previously launched the Playstation Move, a motion-sensing controller for the PS3 console that is held in one hand. It is very similar to Nintendo's controller for the Wii console. Ironically, the person who lead the development of the Playstation Move controller, Richard Marks, is listed as the author of Sony's motion sensing patent application.

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It funny how strong a brand Kinect has become, that it has become a common noun.
No matter what motion-sensor anyone releases, and no matter what they call them, we just call it Kinect-like, or Sony's Kinect.

I dont think anyone should be given patents on an idea - your technology should carry a patent but if someone achieved the same thing in a totally different way then they should be allowed to persue.

This is neat for SOME things (I dont think this applies to all sorts of games) but generally when I'm gaming I dont want to be jumping around my living room in such an active state. I'd rather be vegging out on the couch relaxing. That is much more preferred

the420kid said,
the shooting games are kind of cool with the gun and all - but yeah running around my living room sucks.

LOL. Indeed. There are very few games I have an interest in playing like this. I much prefer a controller.

i honestly hate this new input gaming phenomenon. controllers are sweet. I've been using the dual shock for over a decade now and it fits all the games I want to play...if i wanted to 'game' and look like i was playing tennis/bowling/badminton i would do those things in real life

Co_Co said,
i honestly hate this new input gaming phenomenon. controllers are sweet. I've been using the dual shock for over a decade now and it fits all the games I want to play...if i wanted to 'game' and look like i was playing tennis/bowling/badminton i would do those things in real life

Yeah, and other than the Dpad, the 360 controller is extremely well made too.