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    psp Sony gets soft on controllers

    News from CVG

    While Sony may have ditched its force feedback DualShock controller for this generation of home consoles with the PS3, it seems the company is hard at work on an invetion which has the potential to offer a whole new kind of feedback while playing games.

    According to a patent uncovered by Barry Fox over at the New Scientist website, Sony is researching a way of squeezing bulky electronics device - like portable consoles, phones and handheld computers - into pocket-sized spaces.

    Fox summarises Sony's research saying, "The body and screen of folding gadgets would be made from a flexible polymer containing conductive rubber bracing struts filled with a gel of aluminosilicate particles suspended in silicone oil.

    .When a current is passed through the struts, the particles clump together and harden the gel, making the gadget solid enough to use. Sony has found that it would take very little power to make such a folding device harden, so the drain on its battery should be low."

    Alongside potential uses for handhelds, it seems Sony also envisages the technology may have applications in home console controllers too, by affecting the shape or texture of your input device based on on-screen actions. The patent divulges that, "The electrorheological fluid device can be applied to, for example, part of a controller of a home-use game machine as another example of the electronic apparatus of the present invention. A user touches a control section of the controller by fingers, and the feeling of touch is controlled by the electrorheological fluid device."

    For example, if a game player is defeated in a fighting game, the electrorheological fluid device is controlled to become soft in order to improve the realistic sensations in the game."

    Folding consoles? Whatever will they think of next? Let us know what you desire in the way of electrorheological goodness in the comments field below.

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    This is absoultely brilliant. I can picture so many new things coming out of this. Flatscreen Tv's folded up to fit in your pocket (not in the near future) and incredible technology that can take up less space. I may be overeacting but I think this is a huge breakthrough in technology. It will make cell phones more advanced and I cannot wait for a PSP2.

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    ill wait till another company makes a better version of this it could be really cheap to make but just cause its sony it will be expensive obviously so ill wait...

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    maybe sony will go "soft" on prices too? nah!

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    *cough*
    Dildonics
    *cough*

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    Quote Originally Posted by LampDev
    *cough*
    Dildonics
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    /\ /\ /\ Veeeerrrryyy interesting!

    I love this idea (not the Dildonics!) - it'd be very cool to use a kind of morphing controller that altered with the game state

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    I think this idea is going to sweep the whole electronics production if they keep up with it. The possibilities are endless.

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    Sounds like alien-technology.... This sounds kinda fake....

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    would be great !

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    Star Wars and God have had this in use for MILLIONS of years.. GOSH... OLD NEWS!!!

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