Intel has gained a new patent that could mix motion control popularised by Nintendo with a variety of safety features to protect gamers and their furniture.
United States Patent 8333661, a “Gaming System with Safety Features”, is being seen that as Intel developing a multi-core processor designed to help “avoid or minimise the probability of a collision between the user of the gaming console and the surrounding objects while the user is playing a game. According to Intel’s patent claims, such a device would include an array of sensors working in tandem with the game console to capture images of a player’s body movement inside a 3D space, similar to Microsoft’s Kinect device.
However, Intel’s chip would also continuously monitor objects around a player and the player’s proximity to them. If a player gets dangerously close to colliding with an object, the safety system would signal an audible warning alert and pause the game. Intel seems to think that Microsoft’s system will be the way forward. It said that the new generation gaming systems support features that detect and respond to motion and emotion of the users of the gaming system.
“However, the new generation gaming systems lack safety features, which may provide an opportunity to the users to avoid being injured caused by inadvertently colliding with the surrounding objects,” the patent said. Since only the Xbox 360 supports “remote control-less” gaming it means that either Intel thinks that Nintendo and Sony will follow suit or Microsoft will be the winner of the long running console wars.
Also interesting is that Intel mentioned “emotion.” So far the only one who has a patent for that sort of thing is Sony.
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Warning signs show that Internet-connected smart TVs may not be heading for widespread popularity any time soon; a December report from the research firm NPD found that less than 15 percent of smart-TV owners use the devices for listening to music, surfing the Internet, or shopping online. Even though Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) Smart TV platform has seen only a few successful designs so far, the company is looking to capitalize on the changing habits of television watchers with a new offering.
Digitimes reported on Friday that Intel would be joining with Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Lenovo (LNVGY.PK), Quanta Computer (QUCPF.PK), and Compal Electronics (CMPCY.PK) to launch a new smart-TV platform in 2013.
My thought exactly. If the Smart TV is like a big screen version of the all-in-one systems, with bolted on TV and Ethernet connectivities, then it will support PC gaming. Articles are saying that these smart TVs will have built in motion sensors (Kinect-like). If this is true, then wouldn't it be possible for PC game makers to create PC games similar to the xbox? this would be where is motion control patent comes in.
This smartTV could catch on since leverages the 80% windows user base. The TV becomes another PC device that can you can share photos, music, movies and...play PC games. And the cool part is with Windows 8, the TV will have touch!