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There's a new trend emerging in computing that could breathe new life and some badly needed excitement back to the Desktop once again. The trend involves integrating advanced 3D scanners and projectors into the desktop so that artists of every stripe could unleash their creativity in ways once thought unimaginable. HP just released a next-gen desktop computer that incorporates these technologies and they call it Sprout. This week we discovered a Sony patent filing at the U.S. Patent Office that takes this HP-like concept but applies it to a next-generation video conferencing system experience. It uses a similar tower camera/scanner approach as HP's Sprout does to allow users to share documents, graphics and more in real time with a colleague having a similar system. Sony's system also differs from the HP system in that it utilizes large transparent desktop displays that add a measure of realism to the whole conferencing experience so that you'll swear that the person you're conferencing with is in the same room as you. While today's report covers the basics of Sony's patent, it's really about seeing the bigger picture of where this new trend may be going. Some really refreshing ideas are beginning to surface about the future of the desktop – and it's certainly about time.
The US Patent & Trademark Office recently published a patent application from Sony revealing the company's latest advances in a future head-tracking headset. Sony's patent application illustrates a camera-based head tracking system which tracks a gamer's head using specialty illuminated glasses for future PlayStation video game play. Parts of the system will first appear in the upcoming Sony PS4. This will possibly allow the system to evolve into a headset sometime in the future.
The real gaming console wars begin this fall and some are already saying that Sony's PS4 has the edge over Microsoft's Xbox One. The good news for PlayStation fans is that Sony is already working on an alternative game controller that will be geared to play advanced 3D games. The alternate gaming controller Sony has in mind will include a new secondary touch panel sitting in between a user's thumbs. In addition, Sony introduces a new 3D control bar button to initiate advanced 3D action to control weapons, vehicles and more.
Ever since Apple overtook the Walkman with the iPod, Sony has been looking for ways to introduce another wow-product that could put Sony back into the game. Sony has been trying to get their ebook readers to be a hit but keep getting out-maneuvered by Amazon's Kindle. Sony's latest eBook readers couldn't even make CNET's top five eBook readers for Christmas list last year and came in last on PC Magazine's list. To put Sony on top of everyone's eBook list will take one thing: Real innovation. Perhaps the kind of innovation that their latest patent on this subject is illustrating. Sony has designed a next generation e-Book that uses bendable displays in a unique 2-page styled ebook design that I think you'll find to be very cool.
On March 21, 2013 The US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Sony revealing a general computing Head Mounted Display (HMD) or Glass project. While most of Sony's Head Mounted Display or Glass patent filings to date have been primarily aimed at future gaming, we now discover that Sony has been working on a different kind of Glass project since early 2008 for general computing.
The US Patent & Trademark Office recently published a patent application from Sony revealing a new universal design for 3D glasses that could work with Sony's Bravia 3D HDTV line up or other brands such as Panasonic, Toshiba, LG and others. The technology will work with spectacles or even a 3D gaming helmet. The timing to market for these next generation Head Mounted systems with their easy to use pluggable modules is unknown at this time. If we're lucky, we just might catch a glimpse of some of their patent pending technology showing up at either their upcoming special event in February or at the E3 Expo held in June. Time will tell.
On February 7, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Sony that is technically about the PlayStation Vita and their new and upcoming connectors. Sony states that the connectors are for "connecting the electronic apparatus to peripheral apparatuses" at the bottom and side surfaces of the device housing. Sony's patent filing specifically states that the next generation PS Vita will gain USB, HDMI and a power supply connector described as a parallelepiped connector.
This year's Intel keynote at CES was deadly focused on their "Game Changing Year Ahead." It's the year that they finally release their all-new from the grounds-up Haswell processor specifically designed to power the next generation convertible Ultrabooks. The convertible notebooks will allow the display to act as a tablet by turning it around on a pivotal hinge or to detach it altogether from the keyboard. I got to see HP's new Envy X2 last night and was totally taken aback as to how cool, how thin and how light the detachable display really was. It felt like it was about half the weight of a 9.7 inch iPad. The next generation Ultrabooks hold a lot of promise and in a new patent application filed by Sony this month, we're shown a couple of the ideas that they have up their sleeve for this new computer category. Their biggest revelation of all is their plan to use solar cells in quite an elaborate design.