Apple granted major motion control, perhaps gaming-related patent

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In this particular report we cover another Apple patent that was gained when acquiring the Israeli firm PrimeSense,” Purcher reports. “You could also review five additional high-end 3D camera related PrimeSense patents here. The imaging device noted in the patent appears to be a next-gen Kinect-Like device.”

“Considering that one of its primary applications is for interacting with games, you have to wonder how close Apple is in delivering such a device,” Purcher reports. “Is it years away or something that Apple could integrate into a next generation of Apple TV?”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hmm…

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  1. How is the motion controller the same/different than the Wii, barring that it most likely does not use IR, but the M7/8/9 coprocessor?

    In using the Wii, I have a dislike for motion based UI. It’s very very difficult to land your pointer on anything. At best it’s another gesturing system.

  2. Apple, stop wasting time and money on obtaining US Patents!

    With Judge Lucy H. Koh presiding over the court system in your state and the foolishness of the US Patent Office and the unwillingness and impotence of Congress to give US IP any protection, they’ll just allow your patents to be rendered invalid allowing the thieves steal your IP without any sort of compensation! Kind of sorta smells like courts and government office based redistribution of wealth. If you are awarded monetary damages after years of counter suits, the judgement of the court will be less than a penny on the dollar of what was originally owed to you! In the end, you will lose out financially. What’s the use, Apple?

    1. So what’s the alternative?

      If you don’t patent something, anybody can copy your work and there’s nothing you can do about it.

      I agree that the US patent system is broken, but some protection for intellectual property is still necessary.

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