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Subject: Sony's new Not-A-WiiMote MagicCon
So Sony's filed a new patent (patent details) for a new controller that totally, definitely, absolutely isn't any kind of further proof that their controller innovation is limited to playing follow-the-leader:

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-9.png]

In truth, the wiimote clone shown above is only a small part of the new Sony MagicCon, which utilizes all kinds of snap-together antics to become the Controller of the Future.  It uses lights, ultrasonic sound waves, the PS3 camera, WiFi, synchronized clocks..  It's got sensors, it's got add-ons, it's got doohickeys, it's got sonic, electronic ball blasters!

Check out the main not-a-wiimote module:

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-1.png]

That orb-like thing is loaded with lights and special reflectors, so it not only lights up for the purposes of motion sensing, but for player entertainment and for reflective positioning, assisting the other devices to locate the MagicCon.

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-2.png]

I'm calling it the MagicCon 'cause it has so many features and Sony's expectations for it are so unbelievable it might as well be made of magic.  There's just no end to the things it can do, with its removable button plates, side-by-side or end-to-end connectivity, and communication/location facilities.  Seriously, check out the setup, with multiple lights, multiple cameras and reflectors:

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-7.png]

The setup's gonna be hugely complicated, by the look of it: No fewer than three devices on your TV set (just like the old Power Glove), each with wires running back to the PS3 somehow.  I'm pretty unenthused about the Wii sensor-bar's extra wire, having three of the damned things is not an improvement.

But it will be worth it for the double-ended action:

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-5.png]

I really don't know how that is a good idea, but perhaps this picture will make it clearer:

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-6.png]

Nope, that didn't really make it obvious to me.  It seems that, in a double-ender configuration, the sensing will be similar to the Wiimote's capabilities with the extra accuracy dongle they're releasing...  But maybe it's for Klingon weapon simulators.

The communications between multiple MagicCons, the PS3 and the sensing apparatus are fiendishly complicated.  I fear the manual for setting this thing up is going to be way, way thicker than it needs to be. 

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-8.png]

But hey, it'll totally be worth it when you can get four of the bloody things and strap one to each limb, and do this in your living room:

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-a.png]

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-3.png]

[Image: http://nfgcontrols.com/grafx/SonyMagicCon/PS3-MC-4.png]
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