Sony patents biometric controller

Sony has issued a patent application for a biometric controller, both as an unnamed handheld and built into the PS3 and Move controllers. The company already has ideas for gaming applications.

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Sony seems to be toying with the idea of your heart rate and sweaty palms impacting what happens inside a game. A new patent application reveals biometrics in an unnamed handheld device, as well as built into the existing DualShock 3 and Move controller designs. Though the controllers won't necessarily find their way to market, Sony already has some gaming applications planned out.

Siliconera reports that the patent covers three sources of biometric feedback: skin moisture, heart rhythm, and muscle movements. The diagrams show it built into the handles of the PS3 controller, so you'd be providing the feedback constantly just by holding onto the device.

So what could be done by measuring how nervous you are? Sony proposes functions like a sniper rifle that is more steady if you're relaxed, tensing up to withstand an attack, adrenaline boosts for faster movements when stressed, or a health bar that depletes more rapidly if you're stressed. It could also dynamically shift the difficulty level or background music based on your mood, and make your in-game character's nervousness reflect your actual feelings.

All in all, it sounds like a more fleshed-out version of the Wii Vitality Sensor, which was introduced with a fizzle and then perpetually delayed. We last heard of it in May, but Nintendo was never this specific with possible gaming applications. If Sony can get it to work consistently, as Nintendo as struggled to do, it could add some interesting wrinkles to our games.

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    November 2, 2011 7:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Sony patents biometric controller.

    Sony has issued a patent application for a biometric controller, both as an unnamed handheld and built into the PS3 and Move controllers. The company already has ideas for gaming applications.

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      November 2, 2011 7:48 AM

      hide the Move controller.

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      November 2, 2011 8:42 AM

      It will be interesting to see where this leads. Most likely a next gen controller.

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      November 2, 2011 9:02 AM

      Games can now detect when you are lying...

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      November 2, 2011 9:16 AM

      No mention of Nintendo's vitality sensor? I don't think Nintendo will ever release it in addon form, but I would not be surprised at all if it was built into a future controller.

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        November 2, 2011 9:45 AM

        No, see, this is a device to actually control the biometrics of the player.

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      November 2, 2011 7:16 PM

      Just don't plug the prototype to the crazy german kid xD. It will probably explode xD.

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