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3 D Patent

Also proposes enhanced experiences through smell, temperature and light

Nintendo may have submitted some rather peculiar patent applications in the past, but the most recent may have some foundation in reality, indicating a potential move into Virtual Reality for the company. It proposes a wearable device — potentially glasses — that is detected by a camera, and adjusts your viewpoint to give an illusion of 3D on a 2D display, which would then also be used in various ways to impact interactive game experiences.

You can see a typically crude illustration above, though the explanation of how the system will work places this technology somewhere between Microsoft's Kinect and VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and Sony's Morpheus. The technology to give an impression of 3D without an autostereoscopic screen (like that on the 3DS) or 3D glasses is not new, as there are already some smart devices that can track your eyes to achieve similar results. Nintendo's proposal appears to aim to take this technology much further in terms of interaction — examples given include dodging objects by moving your head, adjusting your view to see something on screen that others can't (an idea suggested as potentially suited to multiplayer experiences) and also the ability for in-game characters to react to where you're looking on screen.

There are more ambitious ideas for immersion, too. Additional devices could expand the experience further, while emotional state could also be measured.

[0099] Enhancing the VR experience Additional output devices that enhance the experience can be provided. For example, we can put light out that is correlated to the image to provide "ultra wide field of view correlated lighting." Given that your eye does not see clearly in the periphery, this could still be useful and interesting.

[0100] Additionally, smell is a very strong sense. There may be some ways to produce aromas for a very strong experience.

[0101] Virtual wind could enhance the experience.

[0102] Temperature: blowing cool air on your face.

[0103] Physiologically comfortable stereo viewing is a way to prevent headaches. If you find a little spec on your windshield, focus on that and then far field and then back again. Eye strain happens quite quickly. Lots of folks in the past require the users to focus far field and close up, but this can cause headaches. We can stay on one side of the focal point cone, to provide higher level of comfort.

[0104] Detect Emotions via monitoring mental state. Brain wave detection, detect eye movement, heart rate monitor or the like can be used. If we provide goggles, we can also provide detectors (electrodes) fairly easily.

It's certainly intriguing, and if it becomes a reality — which is far from certain, as is always the case with patent applications — would continue Nintendo's policy of adopting existing technology for new, potentially innovative experiences. It also fits into the rhetoric of Nintendo's senior figures that it's currently unsure of the reclusive nature of headsets such as Oculus Rift — this patent's setup could be more social in the living room — while maintaining recently that it'll continue to seek innovation as an entertainment business. 

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Post Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:29:11
I hope this comes into play as it could help so many
PostSat, 05 Jul 2014 14:55:31Reply(0)


Hmmm, a WiiU update? Or maybe Wii-3DTV?! Let the rumors begin.
PostSat, 05 Jul 2014 14:56:27Reply(1)
It would be really cool to have 4D Zelda and Mario. Wind in Mario Kart and fresh grass in Zelda...Now I'm excited. Hopefully this comes true.
PostSat, 05 Jul 2014 16:10:07Reply(0)


Wow! It would be great if this happen.
PostSun, 06 Jul 2014 03:11:34Reply(0)


Now that's amazing to imagine. Those of us out who remember the earlier efforts of 3D .. Aka the glasses in the cereal boxes.... Know it takes time lol I can remember short films you were told when to put on glasses for an upcoming 3d scene...books did that too. 

My first 3D movie was Friday 13 the.  In 1983 I think. The arrow coming at me through the laundry flapping on the clothesline scared me for real!


PostSun, 06 Jul 2014 03:31:46Reply(0)


I can stand Friday the 13th scares me silly
PostMon, 07 Jul 2014 13:08:37Reply(0)


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