Sony patents Kinect-like device

Sony has filed a patent for a Kinect-like device, which captures movement and depth in a 3D space through the use of cameras.

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Sony has filed a patent for a device similar to Microsoft's Kinect, which would make a 3D "play" space using a three-dimensional camera. The patent was filed in late 2011, and it could indicate that Sony is trying to directly compete with Microsoft's motion device.

The patent (via Kotaku) is for a "user-driven three-dimensional interactive gaming environment." The camera would obtain "depth-values indicating distances from one or more physical objects." The patent was filed by Richard Marks, who was also instrumental in the development of PlayStation Move.

A patent doesn't necessarily assure that Sony will ever release the device, or even that it's gone past the preliminary planning stages. Still, if Sony does ever release it, third-party developers could benefit from developing games for both controller-free devices.

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    February 21, 2012 11:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Sony patents Kinect-like device.

    Sony has filed a patent for a Kinect-like device, which captures movement and depth in a 3D space through the use of cameras.

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      February 21, 2012 11:06 AM

      Good to see the patent system is working as intended

      /s

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      February 21, 2012 11:09 AM

      Haha. Is this Sonya's 3rd attempt to get into motion controls this generation?

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      February 21, 2012 11:20 AM

      ok Sony... how many devices are you gonna fail with ???? Eye-Toy..... Playstation Move... now this ??

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        February 21, 2012 12:46 PM

        wait, playstation move is a failure? Low support atm yes, but failure?

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          February 21, 2012 1:36 PM

          I wouldn't call Kinect a success either beyond initial hardware sales. Both still suffers from a lack of games utilizing the device in non-gimmicky ways. You can pretty much count on one hand the good 360/PS3 motion control games.

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      February 21, 2012 1:08 PM

      Prepare for PS3 Kinnect unveil @E3.

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