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Sony Patents Gaming Controllers With Body Sensors

Submitted by on November 13, 2011 – 6:20 pm4 Comments
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Could your adrenaline boost some day give you a power up while gaming?

Sony recently applied for patents for biometric sensors on PlayStation gaming controllers, according to Web site Siliconera. The sensors would allow the device to monitor a user’s heart rate, skin condition, and muscle movements.

The data would then be analyzed, and the Sony patent application suggests several potential uses for the feedback. The user’s body could affect onscreen characters’ appearance, soundtrack, difficulty level, and even weapon performance. Siliconera notes that “Sony specifically mentions a sniper situation where the weapon becomes more steady if you’re relaxed.”

While Sony is focused mainly on players becoming excited or stressed interacting with game play, I can’t help but notice similarities to another device that uses biometric sensors: a lie detector. So just make sure you’re not playing some future version of Modern Warfare when your girlfriend ask, “Have you been sitting there all day?”

What do you think? Will these technology be the next big thing, or just a big mistake?

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