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Sony's New Controller?

A new patent seems to reveal Sony's next move.

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On December 3, a patent for an "Expandable Control Device Via Hardware Attachment" surfaced on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office site.

Yep, it's Sony's.

Kotaku dug up the patent, and now gamers are pouring over the pictures and descriptions.

The most intriguing bit:  "The attachment can be coupled and decoupled to the connector and allows the gaming system to visually track the location of the handle via the visual interface. In another embodiment, the attachment provides additional communication capabilities"

Motion sensing capabilities, of course, are a new and necessary part of the meta-game of the game industry. 

Next year, everyone will be talking about Project Natal, Microsoft's game-changing motion-sensing cam, and Sony has got to compete.

The real differentiation will not be the peripheral, but the games.  

What will the motion-sensing equivalent of Pong be?

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Deep Learning Could Bring the Concert Experience Home

The century-old quest for truly realistic sound production is finally paying off

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Stuart Bradford

Now that recorded sound has become ubiquitous, we hardly think about it. From our smartphones, smart speakers, TVs, radios, disc players, and car sound systems, it’s an enduring and enjoyable presence in our lives. In 2017, a survey by the polling firm Nielsen suggested that some 90 percent of the U.S. population listens to music regularly and that, on average, they do so 32 hours per week.

Behind this free-flowing pleasure are enormous industries applying technology to the long-standing goal of reproducing sound with the greatest possible realism. From Edison’s phonograph and the horn speakers of the 1880s, successive generations of engineers in pursuit of this ideal invented and exploited countless technologies: triode vacuum tubes, dynamic loudspeakers, magnetic phonograph cartridges, solid-state amplifier circuits in scores of different topologies, electrostatic speakers, optical discs, stereo, and surround sound. And over the past five decades, digital technologies, like audio compression and streaming, have transformed the music industry.

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