Sony, renowned for its PlayStation consoles, is no stranger to diversifying its technological offerings, spanning from television monitors to digital cameras and accessories like earbuds. In its pursuit of enhancing user experiences with Sony devices, the company has consistently pursued patents. In a recent development, a patent published on October 26, 2023, unveils Sony’s intention to introduce a camera within the charging case for its wireless earbuds.
This envisioned camera is likely to be akin to a smartphone’s video camera, facilitating mobile streaming and enabling body movement tracking for extended reality (XR) applications. The abstract outlines its purpose as a component of a streamlined, compact multi-camera system when used in conjunction with a mobile device or computer, along with a Wi-Fi connection. Positioned on either the base or the lid of the case, it’s anticipated to be powered by the internal battery, potentially featuring a movable arm for optimal positioning.
The accompanying image illustrates a potential use case, demonstrating a player establishing a connection between the charging case camera and a computer. The computer interprets the user’s movements, which the camera adeptly tracks. Notably, the visual feedback is routed back to the player through a visor, suggesting a synergy with Sony’s VR peripherals, such as the PS VR2.
While this isn’t the initial instance of Sony exploring patents related to tracking body movements, this fresh concept is undeniably intriguing. If it materializes into an official release, it promises an array of exciting possibilities for players to explore and utilize in their gaming experiences.