Sony Corp.’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation VR has been one of the revolutionary products from the gaming giant and is their first step into the world of Virtual Reality. With competitors like Facebook Inc.’s (NASDAQ:FB) Oculus Rift and HTC Vive already having laid their cards on the table, the world is looking to Sony for information on their PlayStation VR headset along with its pricing and release date. As we all know, they have been on a bit of a low down and details have not yet been revealed on their headset. But, it looks like the company is planning to release a few add-ons and accessories to go with the PlayStation VR.
It looks like Sony has filed a patent for a Glove add-on which is going to track movement data from your hands and send it to a base device. The patent wordings mention that the glove data could also be used to render in-game textures to be used alongside a Virtual Reality Head Mounted Display (HMD) with the in-game rendering reacting to the data provided by the sensors in the Glove add-on. The patent also mentions that the data tracking and rendering would be done in real time and that the device would also accept gestures and general finger actions such as “multiple finger bend, touch and others”.
There are few other details mentioned in the patent about multiple gloves for one user and the use of different display but it is pretty straightforward what to make out of this. This Glove add-on is most certainly going to be used with the PlayStation VR headset and is going to open up a world of new options because of the multitude of tracking abilities that have been mentioned in the patent. There are a few images displayed in the patent listing as well which show that the Glove add-on will be able to track the items that you have picked up while wearing the glove and will also detect different gestures such as the victory gesture shown. While this has been done to some extent previously with the PlayStation Move, the real time tracking could open up a world of new possibilities for PlayStation VR over the current support for the DualShock 4 and Move.
That being said, this patent filing was done a long time ago (October 17,2014) and as always, not all patents end up being released as final products. This is why, we ask you to take this news with a grain of salt until an official announcement on the product has been made.
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