Sony's Motion Tech: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
I believe my first expression when looking at the ensuing figures was, "...what the deuce?"
But it appears what we saw at Sony's E3 press conference concerning motion technology is only the tip of the iceberg. During that presentation, we saw the new LED wand used in combination with the EyeToy to provide a whole new type of motion-sensing interactivity. But it seems they're not stopping there. According to a new patent found by Siliconera, Sony wants to institute a motion control system that utilizes "everyday objects." Basically, a camera would "dynamically map an object - any real world object - for use in a video game." Evidently, this can include anything from coffee mugs to books; it can actually recognize any 3D object and analyze its movements, which means the possibilities should be endless. I mean, we could sit here all night coming up with ideas ("hey, my tennis racket is a sword now!"), but we'll let you do that. For the time being, we're just excited that Sony plans to take motion control to a world the Wii could never have dreamed of. That's not a knock on Nintendo, it's just...okay, it's a knock on Nintendo. The point is, we're looking at something pretty darn advanced, and it's awfully intriguing.
We may find more news on this as time goes on, and we hope Sony will provide us with official details at some point. Maybe they'll have a second presentation at the Tokyo Game Show in September and we can all be wowed again.
7/2/2009 Ben Dutka