New information has come to light about a trio of patents that Sony filed in regards to a glove controller for use with a head-mounted display (HMD). The patents suggest that Sony is working on a high tech glove interface that will be used with PlayStation VR. Back in 2012 we actually did a concept very similar to this, maybe Sony got some ideas from us :) Check it out here. http://www.ps4playstation4.com/PS4-Controller-Pulse
Anyhow join us as we delve into these patents and reveal what Sony is planning for the future.
A Deeper Look Into the Patents and Their Implications
This information comes from NeoGAF. The three patents are titled as follows:
- 14/517733 | Thumb Controller
- 14/517741 | Glove Interface Object
- 14/503275 | SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO A USER WHILE INTERACTING WITH CONTENT
The big takeaway here is the glove controller. Keep in mind that a patent doesn't necessarily mean they are going to create the product, but it does mean they have the idea on their minds.
The basic abstract concept is a glove interface that contains a flex sensor. There will also be a contact sensor that interacts with an communicates module designed to transmit the flex sensor data. The gloves will render a virtual hand in view as part of a virtual environment on a head-mounted display.
So essentially, these gloves will read your finger's movements and your flexing motions and render them on a device like the PlayStation VR. Another interesting concept is the ability for the gloves to send haptic feedback to the user (thus giving you the feeling hitting something, for example).
All in all, the patents describe the ability for a gamer to interact with his or her environment and have the ability to touch real object, flex their hands, and receive haptic feedback that further immerses them in the world.
What do you think of these patents? Would you use a glove controller with PlayStation VR? Let us know in the comments!