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!