Wii U tablet patent shows magnetometer, IR port, built in flash

Friday, 12th August 2011 13:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

On August 4 a patent was filed by Nintendo detailing what’s inside Wii U’s tablet controller, and it looks as though some of what we already know has been confirmed along a bit of interesting tech as well.

Dug up by NeoGAF, the schematics suggest the tablet contains a magnetometer, which if like the one contained in Sony’s PS Move, will likely be used for calibration. Magnetometers seem to be becoming standard in tech of late, especially with smartphones, and even Sony’s PS Vita will also contain one for motion sensing.

The tablet also features a built-in microphone ans speaker, and a bit of flash memory like with the Wii controller. The diagrams don’t show how much flash memory is included, and while known about for a while, Nintendo has yet to discuss how much will be included.

It also appears to have rechargeable lithium-ion battery built-in, which would not be too surprising.

You can look over the schematics through here.



  1. KrazyKraut

    Watch out…Apple will come and say they had it already and sue the shit out of Nintendo…omfg..what a fucking world.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. xino

    that Edge lawsuit makes me laugh:)

    the guy loves the word Edge so much:P

    #2 3 years ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    Interesting info, i just hope the wii U does not cost more than 300$, and the ps4 and 720 for that matter too.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. The_Red

    WiiU will probably launch at $350 but I don’t think PS4 or Xbox 3 will be anything below $400.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. manamana

    They could put a ton of gimmicks – as long as the screen is sub HD I don’t give a penny.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    @4, I think that both Sony & MS will be aiming @ $399, remembering that you also have to pay more for Microsoft’s variant with all that proprietary crap & to play online so even if it does cost less, it won’t be long til it starts chewing cash.

    #6 3 years ago

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