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Sony Entertainment Europe Files 'Eyepad' Patent

posted on 2013-02-15 23:48 EST

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe filed a patent for the "PlayStation Eyepad" device on July 23, 2012. The European patent application was published on Wednesday. The "input device" is described to work with an "entertainment device," and uses motion sensors and two stereoscopic cameras.

The patent's official description is:

An input device for an entertainment device comprises a first main surface, one or more side edges, one or more motion sensors operable to generate motion data, and a wireless communicator for transmitting the motion data to the entertainment device, wherein an elongate illuminated region extends along some or all of one or more of the side edges; in addition the input device may comprise a first stereoscopic camera and a second stereoscopic camera having respective viewpoints located at opposing corners of a first area of the main surface, the field of view of each stereoscopic camera encompassing a first volume of space immediately above the first area, wherein the first and second stereoscopic cameras are operable to generate respective stereoscopic images, from which a first depth map and complementary second depth map may be generated for opposite sides of an object placed within the first volume of space.

The PlayStation 3 console already utilizes the PlayStation Eye, a digital camera used for motion capture with the PlayStation Move for various games.

Sony will host the "PlayStation Meeting 2013" event in New York on February 20. The event's official website is streaming a teaser video and a "PlayStation Evolution: The Beginning" video that outlines the early history of the Sony's PlayStation console.

Sources: Gamechump via Kotaku, Famitsu via Hachima Kikō


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