Apple Attempts To Patent Interactive Gaming on Smartphones


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It appears our favorite “patent happy” company may be at it again.  The latest has Apple having filed a patent application in April 2009, for “interactive gaming with co-located, networked direction and location aware devices.”  Could this be the cause of the mysterious data center in North Carolina?

The patent filing is for a broad “interactive game environment” that lends support to “two or more co-located, networked, direction and location aware interactive game devices.”  Through the mentioned system, users would be able to have devices that would be able to measure position, orientation, as well as time. 

Some of the features are:

-A common geographic reference frame.  Cartesian coordinates would be an example for starters, then UTM, which would be supported by GPS, for describing one’s position in the world.
-Devices could communicate position, orientation and time to devices of other players.
-The device would then be able to use information for plotting positions, directions and even the rates of travel of other users.

The first claim of the patent entails:

A computer-implemented method performed by a first interactive game device operating in a real world, interactive game environment with a second interactive game device, comprising: receiving state information from the second interactive game device, the state information associated with a reference frame defining a virtual interactive game environment; and determining an interaction between the first interactive game device and the second interactive game device in the real world, interactive game environment using the state information.

Apple had brought up the example of laser tag as such a game that could use “the relative positions and orientations shared between the interactive game devices to provide an enriched interactive gaming experience.”

What do you think readers?  Does the potential patent sound like a possible winner?  Feel free to leave your thoughts below!

via BNET

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