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Throwable game-controllers patented

A Californian inventor has patented a new breed of throwable games controllers.

Each “tossable peripheral” resembles a normal throwable object(whatever this might mean!), like a beach ball, a football or aFrisbee. But they also connect via WiFi to a games console and containan accelerometer capable of detecting speed and impact, an altimeter, atimer and a GPS receiver.

The console can then orchestrate a game of catch, awardingpoints for a good catch or deducting them if the peripheral is droppedhard on the ground. Or perhaps the challenge could be to throw theobject furthest, highest or fastest, with the connected computerkeeping track of different competitors’ scores. The peripheral can alsoemit a bleeps when it has been still for too long, to help the ownerlocate it in the long grass.

Via new scientist.

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Maybe the guy should get in touch with Haiyan Zhang who designed the Control Freaksaccessories that attach to any object or living thing. They can sensethe movement and sound of their host and connect that feedback to alocal gaming platform, translating the manipulation of the host intogame play commands on the connected game platform.



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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