Today’s gaming has evolved to being more interactive compared to the days when we use to get the hang out of Atari’s and even Nintendo’s. One of the critical components that dictate our play is the controller. In this age, having an innovative console controller could defy how we do and view gaming and such can be said to Mad Genius’ creation.
For starters, the company has developed a motion-controlling gamepad that has superb precision. The controller can even be separated into two (2) portions when one is playing a game.
What sets it apart is that it doesn’t utilize accelerometers or cameras to track gamer/player movements. Its precision is down to 1/100 of an inch which is dead precise in controlling characters, weapons and game menus. It’s also flexible as it can be used to any game console for any game.
The early prototype developed by Mad Genius still has a lot of wires connected to it. As demonstrated in the game Skyrim (see video below), the controller allowed full 3D controls and sensed the jumps, moves and ministrations done by the player.
Mad Genius is planning to launch it on Kickstarter in order to source out the necessary funds for the undertaking. No word as to when production will start and its availability. The company though assured that the final or end product to be shipped will be completely wireless.
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For some mobile phone users, having the phone itself gives them the satisfaction they want. Others however don’t think otherwise as they prefer unlocking their handsets in order to maximize or optimize its use. This is where the issue of unlocking comes in as it is creating fuzz in the digital word.
Before dwelling into details, unlocking mobile phones was seen as legal as this was included in the exemption of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA and this covered the period 2007 up to January of this year. Don’t get it wrong but the DMCA was primarily formulated in order to halt or prevent consumers from breaking the so-called copyright holders’ restrictions on protected content.
Just two months ago, Uncle Sam made unlocking handsets illegal as the Library of Congress made modifications on the DMCA, particularly deciding to be against the re-inclusion of unlocking to its list of exemptions which the Library authorizes every three (3) years. Parties who eye exemption of their technology or practice actually have to lobby to DMCA every three (3) years which is a very tedious task. With the modification, it now allows the purchase of unlocked phones at full price but prevents consumers form unlocking the mobile devices by themselves. It is a known fact that unlocked handsets tend to cost more compared to those that are tied up with carrier services. Said changes now direct consumers to seek their carriers permission if they are to be allowed in unlocking their handsets.
With the issue, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was reached. According to the FCC’s chairman, Julius Genachowski, their body would look at the issue at hand and determine whether they will eventually allow consumers to use unlocked phones. An investigation may probably be done to also know whether it is illegal for consumers to have their mobile phones unlocked. Mr. Genachowski pointed out that the ban to unlocking would heighten competition as well as innovation.
With unlocking being illegal, two (2) passionate advocates – Khanifar and Khanna – have voiced out to legalize it. For Khanifar, unlocking is deemed to be a matter of greater consumer choice. On the other hand, Khanna’s arguments mostly dwell on property rights, competition and innovation. Both of their ideas have appealed to both spectrums of society which are the Liberals and conservatives. It may be interesting to see where their move to bring back the legality of unlocking would take them.
Back in November 2012, Sony had filed a patent for a new PS Move Dual Shock hybrid controller which features two Move controllers that can be split in half. This time, Sony is filing a new patent for another innovative Move controller design.
At first glance, the controller looks like a poorer version of the present model with its a little bigger tracking ball. Don’t be fooled with appearances though. If you examine further, you would notice how the new iteration of the Move is packed with several unique features visible only to those who are looking closely enough.
The new PS Move comes with interchangeable faceplates with each of them having different buttons. It can connect with another Move controller through the heel in order to make a staff controller that could function as a pole, bow, or sword. Just like the previous patent, two controllers can also be joined together at the side and used as a normal controller aided with a special faceplate. If you have four controllers, one for each wrist and ankle, coupled with a PlayStation Eyecamera, you can enjoy a Kinect-like motion gaming experience.
If you’re a soccer, football, or even a cricket fan, you may find the patent a truly awesome idea. You can just attach two Move wands to your ankles and start simulated shooting of goals as if you are a professional cricket player like Sachin Tendulkar. The best thing about it is that you can enjoy all these within the four walls of your house as long as you don’t get too excited and find yourself landing on an expensive art piece.
This is just a patent and it does not guarantee that Sony is using the new PS Move design for the PS4. For the record, Sony has already patented a huge variety of ‘out-of-this-world’ Move designs wherein some have been released while others are still waiting for their coming out party. It remains to be seen what Sony will be up to next time but crazy fans are already gearing up and can’t wait to strap those move controllers and start breaking their neck.
Remember Apple’s legal battle with Proview to obtain the rights to the iPad name in China? Well that was just one of the high-profile cases that have prompted the Chinese government to crack down on what it calls “malicious” trademark registrations.
Apple had a long dispute with Proview, which had previously used the name “iPAD” for a product that is no longer sold. Nearly bankrupt, Proview managed to receive $ 60 million from Apple for the rights to the iPad name this year.
The Apple-Proview fight over the iPad name was one dispute highlighted by Reuters on Monday in a report that revealed the Chinese government plans to get serious about trademark issues. The problems are so common that foreign governments, including the U.S., have pushed China for years to get tougher on copyright laws.
The state media in China on Monday announced that the government plans to crack down on ”malicious” trademark registrations with a proposed new amendment, which will offer protection to international brands and give copyright owners the ability to ban others from registering their trademarks or using similar ones.
Apple was also sued back in July over the moniker “Snow Leopard” in use for a previous version of its Mac OS X operating system. Also earlier this year, Apple was forced to pay a Chinese encyclopedia publisher $ 82,000 over App Store piracy.