Well, they could... make a new type of controller that gets hard or soft depending on how much you... touch it. *Snickers*Arthos said:...
How does this technological advancement... have anything remotely to do with video gaming in the conventional sense? Please answer this for me Sony.
That's a really strange idea they have, I wouldn't mind seeing it actually placed into application. Looking through the claims for the patent, they seem to really have everything planned out.United States Patent Office said:An electrorheological fluid device and an electronic apparatus, which realize various hardness or tension in a portion of the device or apparatus to which a human body touches, enabling application to a product that needs to have portability. An electrorheological fluid device is formed by including: a container capable of containing fluid internally; a pair of electrodes having flexibility, disposed in the container so as to oppose each other; and an electrorheological fluid having an elastic property changeable in accordance with an electric field generated between the electrodes, the electrorheological fluid being contained in the container and disposed between the electrodes. By using the electrorheological fluid device to various electronic apparatus, the hardness, tension, texture, shape, or the like of the apparatus can be electrically controlled.
So basically it's going to be like the shock controllers.GameSpot said:The electrorheological fluid device can be applied to, for example, part of a controller of a home-use game machine as another example of the electronic apparatus of the present invention. A user touches a control section of the controller by fingers, and the feeling of touch is controlled by the electrorheological fluid device. For example, if a game player is defeated in a fighting game, the electrorheological fluid device is controlled to become soft in order to improve the realistic sensations in the game.
yeah that's all I got out of that :xSonic Boyster said:I don't know where you are all getting the idea that touching the controller would make it hard. Plugging it in and giving it an electrical current is what is supposed to make this stuff stiffen so it is useable. It's not about video games, it's about technological innovation. No, a foldable controller isn't going to improve Tekken's gameplay, but it's an interesting idea that has some novelty.
If you're all done with the sexual innuendo and complaints about how a new hardware material is not a video game feel free to continue the conversation.
It's not always about video games guys.The application lists wide-ranging uses for the technology, and suggests it could be applied to cell phones, PDAs, PCs, remote controls, clocks, glasses, and even game systems.
Optimus Prime said:Didn't they have something like this in Batman Begins?
It's not always about video games guys.
Example: You drop your cell-phone, motion detectors inside detect it is falling and it releases a small electric current through the material hardening itself to brace for impact.
Still unrealistic? I think not.
I dont' think that's ever going to happen. Ever.ZeroNightmare said:well if i rolled up my ps3 like a burrito and carried a little remote thing to shock it, and just put it in my pocket and went to my friends house, poked it, and it unrolled and hardened that would be cool.
Uhhhh....right. Sony can accuse people of stealing ideas......sure.ZeroNightmare said:sonys been in the game a long time. if anyone has the right to acuse anyone of stealing ideas. its sony. i think people need to calm down.
how the hell this has anything to do with video games? ... i dont know, i was thinking more practical uses my self