No physical contact with the console at all!
A recently filed Nintendo patent for the 3DS, shows a new kind of input for the system that doesn't require physical contact with the console at all. Involves an optional 'new' stylus.
A recent Nintendo patent, spotted by NintendoLife, shows a new kind of input for the 3DS: one that doesn't require physical contact with the console at all.
This one also covers a stylus with a vibration function, which gives you physical feedback when you interact with the virtual items and also includes a marker, allowing it to be tracked by the 3DS camera.The application uses the 3DS console's inner-facing camera along with a stylus to manipulate 3D images on the top screen without the need for buttons, touch screen or moving the console.
The inward-facing camera detects a 'marker' applied to the end of a stylus.
The 3DS can calculate the marker's position in 3D space based on its size and position, using that information to manipulate an item on the top screen. By moving the stylus further away, the object could appear to 'come out' of the screen; move the stylus nearer and the object would appear to move deeper into the 3D space.
It wouldn't be limited to the inner camera either — the patent shows you could use the same stylus-marker combination to move items behind the machine, rather like moving the cards around in the system's existing Augmented Reality software only with far more flexibility.
Apparently, the stylus is optional, as the system works if you put the marker on your finger.
This is still a concept, but being able to manipulate things on the top screen sounds like a pretty interesting idea.
What do you think?
NEWS SOURCE: 3DS Patent covers vibrating stylus new kinds of control (via) NintendoLife
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