Microsoft patents motion sensing controller

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application on April 10 by Microsoft for a gyroscopic-based input device for use on computers and games consoles such as the Xbox 360. According to the application: Described is a technology by which a computer pointing device (generally a mouse but alternatively a game controller or remote control device) may be worn on the hand and operated without needing to contact a mousing surface. The controller is apparently still at the research and design stage and it is unclear if it will ever be released. Check the forums for a more detailed description from a source at TXB.

We were told that the motion sensing controller that Microsoft was researching had the functionality of both the Nintendo Wii Remote and the Nunchuk packed into a single device, with a shape that is neither that of a banana, nor a remote controller, but more like a “pistol grip.” On top, it is supposed to have an analog stick (that could be replaced by a trackball) surrounded by the four action buttons.

News Source: teamxbox

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Lord Nikon - April 24, 2008 at 10:59 AM

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Free Xbox 360 Elite - May 4, 2008 at 10:45 PM

At least the patent will show some idea what the remote might look like. I've seen so many different versions that I don't know what to take as the real prototype. In any case, it really is just MS trying to cash in on the Wii market.

Jackeh - June 16, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Looks quite interesting...highly unoriginal, and I'll never be able to use it (PS3 man), but interesting all the same. I'm not sure what I think about the shape though...but's just a prototype.

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