Sony has just filed a patent for a new company robotic device. This would have the mission ofaccompany its owner during games of video games, but also during the viewing of television series or films, and would be able to respond and react to human emotions.
A robot capable of understanding and reacting to emotions
In its patent filed with the United States Patent Office, Sony presents a small cloud-shaped robot with eyes, arms and legs. It is described as “emotion detection unit”That would serve as a playmate. this little pet robot would be able to show empathy and interact with its owner according to its emotions, be it anger, joy, surprise or even disappointment.
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To achieve this objective, the device would be equipped with a camera, microphones, but also motion sensors and biometric sensors which would measure, among other things, the player’s heart rate and perspiration rate. Too, this robot would have a “love yellow” allowing it to analyze whether it is appreciated or not by its owner.
To illustrate his point, Sony explains that if you put your robot to charge too long after it has notified you of its low battery, then he will infer that you don’t like him. Therefore, he will be less inclined to encourage you during your games.
A way for Sony to encourage gaming?
The question arises: what would be the use of such a device? Sony begins to answer by explaining:
“The user’s affinity for the robot is expected to increase and motivation to play is improved by the fact that the robot watches the gameplay alongside the user and is happy or sad with him. In addition, if we think not only of games, but also of movies and TV programs, it is expected that the user will appreciate the content more by watching it accompanied by the robot compared to viewing alone. ”
In other words, this robot would be a way for Sony to encourage players to play more by giving them the feeling of being accompanied in their games. Also, it looks likesupport for virtual reality has been planned by the firm. Indeed, the patent mentions that there is a mechanism allowing the user to “see the virtual character watch the same content as him“If he turns. So we can imagine that the device would be compatible with PlayStation VR headsets.
If this robot looks promising, it is still important to note that a patent aims to protect business ideas. This one in no way guarantees that the product will actually be marketed, as was notably the case for game cartridges for smartphones which were patented by Sony in 2018 and which ultimately never saw the light of day. This robot may therefore remain in the firm’s drawers indefinitely.