A good game controller is expensive. Especially when we’re talking about PlayStation and Xbox gamepads. It would be cool if gamers could use literally anything to control their games. So Sony thought, and patented an entertaining technology.
Noticed the GamesIndustry.biz patent. In the document, Sony notes that special devices are needed to control modern games. Still, it would be preferable “if the user could use an inexpensive, simple and non-electronic item as a gaming peripheral.”
As a result, Sony’s inventors figured out how to turn almost any object into a gamepad. The technology works according to the following scheme. Initially, the game is taught to recognize objects as controllers. To make it work, a camera is used that captures an image of the object in the user’s hands and monitors the state by pixels, outlines and / or colors.
The only requirement for objects is that they must not emit light and radio signals. Therefore, pens, cups, glasses, oranges or a banana will do, on the example of which Sony technology is demonstrated.
The patent says that the same banana will come in handy as an airplane joystick, or virtual buttons may be displayed on the fruit when using a VR helmet. You can even take two bananas, turning them into a steering wheel for a racing car.
As GamesIndustry.biz notes, this technology can be useful for VR or games using real figures. The same Nintendo has a series of amiibo toys that can be used in games to unlock characters or get bonuses in games. Still, Sony’s technology is still only a patent, which may not be commercially available.