The idea is that gamers can use a simple, inexpensive, non-electronic device.
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March 4, 2021
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office released an application made in July 2020 by video game company Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. It’s about a system that turns any object into a PlayStation control.
“The system includes an input unit operable to obtain images of a non-luminous passive object held by a user as a video game controller,” the patent explains. In other words, any object can be used, in this case they used a banana as an example.
The system also includes an object detector and an object pose detector, which is based on the position of at least one of the hands, which will be recorded by a camera. It follows movement based on pixels, outlines and colors.
In this way, the camera would be equipped with the function to map virtual buttons to the object of your choice, so that whenever a certain area of the object is pressed, it would work as if you were pressing a button.
According to the document, this technology would help users in a simple way to exploit all functions of games, such as multiplayer, since most consoles provide only one control.
It should be remembered that even if the patent is registered, it does not mean that the project is carried out. In other words, Sony is preventing other competitors from bringing this kind of technology to market.