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PEW, PEW!!! New Sony patent lets you use you fingers as a gun.

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Initial post: Dec 26, 2012 9:46:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2012 9:46:55 PM PST
Pick 34 says:

SCE Patents Depth Sensing Camera: Use Your Fingers as a Gun

December 26, 2012 Written by Sebastian Moss

Over the course of the year, we've been uncovering patent after patent from Sony Computer Entertainment for a 3D depth sensing camera similar to the Kinect. This month's patent once again suggests that Sony are working on a camera akin to the Kinect, with this one highlighting how your fingers could be used like a gun.

In Fig 7, moving the thumb fires the gun. The patent goes on to state:

For example, the user may be able to shoot by different hand gestures, may be able to reload the gun with different gestures, and the different positions or orientations of the user's hand may cause different graphical renderings of the user or gun on the display screen when the user is interacting with a particular game program.

Microsoft's best-selling Kinect can't do proper finger tracking, so this camera would be superior - although rumors are that the Kinect 2 will feature finger tracking.

Interestingly, the patent also details how the camera could sense depth: sound location. The Kinect, and most depth sensing cameras, use infra-red to work out how far away the player is, but acoustic location could equally be used. Acoustic location was used in WWI and early WWII to detect incoming planes, before being replaced by the superior radar. One advantage of acoustic location is that it could potentially `see' around corners due to sound refraction, something that infra-red can't do - although that would depend on the precision of the device.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 9:47:41 PM PST
DVvM says:
How is this really that different from something like the Gunstringer game on the Kinect?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 9:49:30 PM PST
Because Sony "thought" of the idea and thus it is different? Don't you know anything about how this works? On Kinect it sucks but with the Playstation Eye it's awesome!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 9:50:02 PM PST
Pick 34 says:
I don't know, Ive never played the gunstringer. I thought it was funny because of that Kevin butler commercial making fun of kinect when move came out.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 9:55:36 PM PST
No, Sony.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 10:05:59 PM PST
Frank says:
Feinstein files a bill banning fingers.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 10:25:07 PM PST
AndrewA says:
When did the controller become the enemy of video games?

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 11:09:28 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 5:26:42 AM PST
Ice King says:
The first time you touched yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 5:29:51 AM PST
This is exactly why it's funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 5:33:27 AM PST
When the Wii came out and everyone jumped on it because it was so easy to use. Everyone can use their hands. Next up, gaming with our minds.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 5:40:39 AM PST
This implies that everyone uses their minds...

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 7:19:42 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Now Butler is going Pew!Pew! to Sony.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 7:21:34 AM PST
They've had this patent since the mid 1700's if my memory serves me. Everyone only steals from Sony.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 7:23:48 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 27, 2012 7:32:15 AM PST
Uncle Ulty says:
STILL waiting for motion controlled games to take off like Sony and Microsoft thought.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 7:35:18 AM PST
Flores. says:
The difference is that this is just a patent, and will most likely never see the light of day.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 8:13:03 AM PST
So what?is Gunstringer being pulled off the shelves for violating Sony copyright? I'm just waiting for Sony to copyright having fun while playing video games, that's a thing you can copyright right?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 8:16:14 AM PST
Sony already has the market for fun in gaming cornered. People that play other systems are just doing it to be contrarian.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 5:55:20 PM PST
Frank says:
Yeah they got the fun cornered but didn't know what to do with it.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 6:14:04 PM PST
user22 says:
Oh boy, finger controls! I can't wait for Magic Fingers Presents: Massage Hero.

What's next, is somebody going to patent the air guitar?

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 7:18:34 PM PST
Lol There goes sony being original again

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 7:20:52 PM PST
DVvM says:
I mean, I'm not a patent lawyer. But it's my understanding that you can't patent something somebody else has already made. So this has to be different somehow, or the patent should be rejected by the patent office.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 8:00:46 PM PST
Something like 30% of all patents are redundant, similar to something else either already made or already patented.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 9:20:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2012 9:20:21 PM PST
DVvM says:
So can I file a Patent for the Hamburger tomorrow? I figure if I can get half a cent for licensing on every hamburger sold, I would be rich in a hurry!
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