Sony's PlayStation group patented a robot friend who will play games and watch movies with you
PlayStationgroup patented plans for a robot friend that plays games and watches movies with you, as demonstrated by a newly published patent from the company.
- "The inventor has focused on possibility of utilizing a robot as a joint viewing player who experiences sympathy with a user," the
patentdescription says. "It is expected that the user's affinity with the robot is increased and motivation for playing a game is enhanced by the robot viewing the game play next to the user and being pleased or sad together with the user."
- The robot, which appears as a loose approximation in the drawings, is described as a "human-type pet-type robot," which can audibly respond and move in some form.
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A newly-published patent from Sony Interactive
It should be noted that this is a patent and companies file lots of patents for things that never get past the idea stage. To date, Sony hasn't announced any robot friends for sale.
That said, the general idea is wild, and the patent description goes into a stunning level of detail that makes the idea all the wilder."It is expected that the user's affinity with the robot is increased and motivation for playing a game is enhanced by the robot viewing the game play next to the user and being pleased or sad together with the user," the patent says. "Further, regarding not only the game but also a movie, a television program, or the like, it is expected that the user may enjoy content merely by viewing the content with the robot as compared to the case of viewing it alone." The patent description also posits a potential virtual reality scenario, where a user with the PlayStation VR headset can interact more fully with a virtualized version of the robot within a game.
Beyond the robot and VR headset, the patent imagines a system with multiple sensors capturing human reaction: a camera, a "biological sensor," a motion sensor, a microphone, and an "event detection unit." Those sensors would attempt to determine your reactions in real-time, thus allowing the robot to respond accordingly.
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