Sony has reportedly filed a patent for its next-generation gaming peripheral – PlayStation EyePad – its latest development in the series of ‘Eye’ accessories like the PlayStation Eye and the EyeToy.
As you can see in the photo, the device looks like it will be some sort of tablet device, that is going to have buttons available on the side of the device, which will allow people to game with. The official description of the device discusses more about what people can expect from the PS4 Eyepad.
“An input device for an entertainment device comprises a first main surface, one or more side edges, one or more motion sensors operable to generate motion data, and a wireless communicator for transmitting the motion data to the entertainment device, wherein an elongate illuminated region extends along some or all of one or more of the side edges.
“In addition the input device may comprise a first stereoscopic camera and a second stereoscopic camera having respective viewpoints located at opposing corners of a first area of the main surface, the field of view of each stereoscopic camera encompassing a first volume of space immediately above the first area, wherein the first and second stereoscopic cameras are operable to generate respective stereoscopic images, from which a first depth map and complementary second depth map may be generated for opposite sides of an object placed within the first volume of space,” the patent reads.
According to “Expert Reviews” the device appears to be a 3D scanner combined with a motion-sensing surface, the same technology found in Microsoft’s Kinect – in order to create a digital representation, while movement of the objects is tracked using multiple motion sensors.