Sony Patents A Modular Controller
Do you remember Phonebloks, the modular phone concept that we first saw last year? That was pretty awesome and has nothing to do with this. Moving on then. Sony has filed a patent for what is essentially a modular reinvention of the Move motion controller.
In this design the controller comes with a set of blocks which can be attached in various configurations such as guns, knives or even humanoid shapes. The shape is then read by the camera.
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As spotted on NeoGAF, the patent was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan in September 13, 2013. It was published on January 16, 2014. A summary of the patent reads:
A block tool, which can be assembled by a user, is configured with multiple types of blocks and is shot by a camera for capturing a still image or a moving image. The position coordinates of a marker of the square-pillar block in a three-dimensional space are obtained by image recognition.
Also, a connecting position and the type of each block, a gradient vector of the square-pillar block, an angle between two blocks constituting the square-pillar block, and the respective blocks’ lengths are obtained so as to derive the shape, posture, and position of the block tool, and corresponding information processing is then performed.
This could be the next Move controller but I don’t quite understand the need for it to be modular apart from essentially allowing you to construct various peripherals around the main column of the controller.
Check out the images below. This seems like a madcap idea more than a feasible progression of the Move controller.