Sony wants to turn bananas into controllers

March 3, 2021
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I don’t know if someone at Sony was inspired by that Hades run with a pomegranate, but it seems the obsession with fruity controllers has now resulted in a patent application, as Sony has devised a way to turn everyday items into working controllers. Including a banana.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, the tech would apparently allow any “non-luminous passive object being held by the user” to be transformed into a controller. Objects would apparently be scanned with a camera, which would track items based on pixels, contours and colours. A game could be trained to recognise objects as controllers, or tell users which household items could be used as a controller.

The patent application uses bananas and oranges as examples, explaining that the system would be able to track an object’s movement, so the object could be used to steer an in-game camera – or to accelerate, decelerate and brake. I’m calling this Gran Turnipso.

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