Posted by: drew | June 26, 2006

PS3’s Secret Weapon?

Wow, this is seriously cool. I hope it's true. Gameworld network reports that an Israeli company is working on a peripheral for the PS3 that can sense the user's 3D environment and movement.

While everyone is heaping praise on the Wii, (and rightly so) we've received a tip-off from one of our sources that is claiming to have inside information about an accessory that will be available at the launch of the PS3 in mid November. The secret hardware is reportedly being developed by an Israeli company called Prime Sense, with patent-pending technology that can "reconstruct 3D topography without assuming anything about the user or environmental conditions".

rime Sense’s interactive device can see, track and react to user movements outside the computer, all without change of environment or wearable equipment for the end user. The closed device is plug and play and platform independent.

So how will this be used in games? Well, the device will apparently allow the gamer to make physical motions in order to interact with the game. This could be applied in any number of ways by the developer. A recent example of such technology is Sony's very own EyeToy, but this new device is said to be even more advanced.

Supposedly a PC version will be available in early 2007.

This could be the machine-human interface I've been waiting for – something that could take us beyond the keyboard/mouse/controller methods of interacting with information and games.

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