Sony Has Dreams of Using Bananas as PlayStation Controllers
The gaming giant has filed a patent application to allow us to use "passive non-luminous objects" for gaming
Published Mar 04, 2021Have you always dreamed of playing your PlayStation with a banana as a controller? Of course. We all have. Now Sony may be making all our dreams a reality.
Believe it or not, Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent application to allow us to use an actual banana as a PlayStation controller. The discovery was first spotted by Game Industry this week, showing that Sony is looking for a way to detect "passive non-luminous objects" held by gamers so that the item can then be used as an actual controller.
Stretching things far past the limits of bananas, the tech would basically allow you to turn any household object into a gaming accessory by using a "trained learning model." This involves a camera that would be used to distinguish the locations of your fingers, and then virtual buttons would be mapped out, so you could actually play on the object.
So yeah, it's not really a banana controller, but Sony did illustrate the tech using a banana.
You can read over the entire patent application here, if you are into that sort of thing.