Sony VR patent details ‘obstacle avoidance’ tech, brainwave applications

Tuesday, 17th December 2013 12:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony has filed a new patent that underlines its potential research into a new VR device for PlayStation formats. The documents pertain to obstacle avoidance tech, brainwave mapping and more.

It follows these Sony VR patents filed back in May, which detail a head-mounted display device. The documents triggered a wave of PS4 head-set rumours at the time. The discovery of these new files lend new weight to rumblings around Sony’s move for the VR space.

PushSquare reports that Sony’s new VR patents relate to “Obstacle Avoidance Apparatus,” and “Obstacle Avoidance Method.” In short, the tech hopes to alert the head-set wearer whenever he or she is in danger of banging into objects within the play-space. Presumably, this is a health & safety measure to address fears of toppled furniture and the like.

Here’s an attached image to set the scene:

The documents add that the tech and “camera or distance sensor ” can calculate the distance between players and foreign objects within the play-space. If a player is too close to an object in the room, the patented tech will replicate it in the virtual game world, bringing it to your attention and helping you avoid a collision.

Elsewhere, the patents refer to “biological information” that can be mapped by the VR device, such as eye tracking, body temperature, sweat, brainwaves, pulse rate, cerebral blood flow and blinking. It sounds similar to prototype brain-controlled game interfaces out there just now.

Just look at Son of Nor’s thought-based spell casting for one.

Via OPM.



  1. 313714

    wow….cant wait to see what will show up in future :)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. andreaaragon77

    you make 76 bucks per hour that great going girl good for you! My story is that I quit working at Shoprite to work online, seriously I couldn’t be happier I work when I want and where I want. And with a little effort I easily bring in $35h and sometimes even as much as 85 euro/hr… heres a good example of what i’m doing,

    #2 1 year ago
  3. sebastien rivas

    Wowww I was wary for banging my legs on coffee table and such but I suppise it will not be the case.
    If they can pull this off, then it will be a great feat!!!

    #3 1 year ago

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