Sony has recently been granted a patent for a glove-like device that could be a controller for its PlayStation VR.
Filed back in October 2014, the patent for a "glove interface object" was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week. The patent description for the glove says that it would allow gamers to control objects in virtual reality by recording finger movement and pressure. "As used herein, a glove interface object may be utilized as a glove controller for a video game. However, it should be understood that the glove interface object does not necessarily have to be a controller utilized for playing games, but may be used for interfacing with virtual objects on a display screen viewable by a user, and for any other suitable purpose for which input defined from the glove interface object may be applied," reads the patent. "In such an implementation, users collaborating may use their gloves to touch objects, move objects, interface with surfaces, press on objects, squeeze objects, toss objects, make gesture actions or motions, or the like."
In addition to the glove-like VR controller, Sony was also granted a patent for a "thumb controller" and another for miscellaneous support software for the glove. The thumb controller looks to be part of the glove, but may function differently than the glove's fingers. The thumb may work as a central control point, allowing users to click on items. The glove system is also shown to use a camera and cloud computing suggesting the controller, and possibly the PlayStation VR, may require a constant internet connection. The patents may not become real products and Sony has not commented on the matter at this time. Sony's VR headset is expected to launch in the first half of 2016.
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