In an attempt to thwart the market of Virtual Reality gaming systems markets, Sony dashes forward and buys the state-of-the art tracking flight tracking system. And so, literally, the time-of-flight system flies to Sony, for a yet undisclosed sum of money.
The system patented in Brussels is considered to be a major breakthrough in the field of flight tracking systems. By tracking the time it takes a beam of light to leave an emitter array and bounce off an incoming object, the computer is able to recreate a 3D computer representation.
By using this basic principle of optics, Softkinetic Systems is able to reproduce, using its image sensor, applications for virtual reality users. Furthermore, users can now use hand or finger gestures in order to track their movement in a virtual environment.
This decision was anything but random, because Sony has done a great deal of investment in the area of virtual reality applications and systems. And with the announcement of the Project Morpheus VR platform, Sony managed to pave the way for the new generation of Playstation consoles.
Recently, Sony has agreed to commission a new games studio in Great Britain, who will produce a new series of video games using solely the new virtual reality interface.
Sony has also agreed to run Sofkinetic Systems as an independent branch, and will also integrate this type of technology in other production lines. As stated, Sony requested this course of action in order to prevent the company from leaving the smartphone market.
The first gaming console that integrated the kinetic sensor was Microsoft’s Xbox One. The sensor was able to recognize players and supported in-game hand gestures. Furthermore, in March, Softkinetic released an add-on that would work together with the Kinect sensor.
The Oculus Rift VR headset was able to refine gesture and motion control simplyby measuring the distance between the headset to the wearer’s hand using a high-tech 3D camera.
Sony’s marketing strategy is to split off the production of semiconductors and to speed up the production on imaging sensors. These type of sensors are common to all brands of smartphone, including the Iphone.
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