Another Wacky Sony Patent!


This one made me laugh, because it’s so ridiculous! Apparently, Sony has filed another patent, this time for laugh detection?! What?! Siliconera has reported that Sony is experimenting with the technology (as well as other emotion tracking).

Apparently, the microphone picks up the laughter and the camera reads your body language. As to how that will affect anything in games, I don’t know. The patent goes on to describe how the technology works (like any patent) and how it can pick up on interactions such as “when two individuals give each other a ‘High Five.”

Next to video games, the patent explains it can be used on other devices, such as TV and film. Could this be the next step after Sony’s smile detection software from their Cybershot cameras? We’ll see. In any case, feel free to laugh your asses off at that diagram!


Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by JimmyMagnum on August 14th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    also, as you can see in the figure above, it’s not the PS3 Slim. It’s the PS3 Fat, the new design that is actually coming, controller is twice as big and the system itself stands above your knees!

  2. #2 by Tosh on August 14th, 2009 [ 1102 Points ]

    lol, wow. mm How about this for use in a game? If you make your opponent laugh you win.

  3. #3 by JimmyMagnum on August 14th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    lol itd probably be pretty popular :P.

    Also, look at the information, the show is on channel 4 and it’s called Crazy Inventors, I wish I had that channel! Must be on at 1PM, but Eastern or Pacific?

  4. #4 by Angus-MacGyver- on August 15th, 2009 [ 355 Points ]

    This would work great in the Army of Two games. You could mirror the players actions after a fight with their ingame counterparts.

  5. #5 by Thepreppymonk on August 15th, 2009 [ 1865 Points ]

    if your like high fiving your mate and you get extra experience points in the game? lol

  6. #6 by Emrah on August 15th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    So sony has patented and a*** tickling machine! What you don’t see pictured is the second controller, the man is actually sitting on it. Oh yeah, it is a dualshock..

  7. #7 by JimmyMagnum on August 15th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    lol, well, if you look at it, it’s not so much an ass tickling machine but an ass kicking machine. Hand crank spins it around, the extensions on the wheel behind him have boots on the ends (if you look closely). I thought the same thing when I first saw it lol

  8. #8 by milK on January 26th, 2011

    A*** (note 3 asterisks, not 1) tickling controller. Haven’t they tried that with Rez at some point?

    On a more serious note though, what to do with people who show little to no emotion, especialy while gaming intensively. I hardly ever laugh @ games (or TV for that matter) even though I find something funny. I guess I laugh “on the inside”. So electrodes to read brainwaves or something will be their next pattent to sign up on?

  9. #9 by milK on January 26th, 2011

    Snap, and by 1 asterisk I meant 2. Lovely thing to try and post something coherent @ 5 am.


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