Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Patent reveals new Wii U controller features

A newly discovered patent for Nintendo’s Wii U controller shows two new features the company has yet to reveal.  There is no word yet if these features will make the final build.

We already know the controller has a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, speakers, front-facing camera, sensor strip, microphone and a 6.2 inch 16:9 resistive touchscreen. What we didn’t know is that it also has an unspecified amount of internal flash memory and a magnetic sensor.
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Joystiq reports that the memory is listed separately from the onboard CPU's internal memory, however, so its applications will likely be user-oriented rather than processor-oriented. Maybe Nintendo is reviving the N64 controller idea of a mobile controller that you bring with you with all of your game saves and now, Miis, although this goes against Nintendo “one Wii U tablet controller per console” stance. 
Magnetic sensor could be used to detect a person’s heartbeat or body motion without a camera. Maybe this is where the forgotten Wii Vitality Sensor will finally make an appearance. Joystiq adds, “magnetometers have been used in smartphones to find true north for GPS and compass applications, however the technology can also lend itself to touch-less, camera-less gesture input.”


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