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Microsoft Patent Details Whole-Room Projection Game Environment

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  • so.. A holodeck? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by firex726 (1188453) <firex726@NoSpam.yahoo.com> on Wednesday September 12, 2012 @01:47PM (#41314315)

    so.. A holodeck?

  • by Rockoon (1252108) on Wednesday September 12, 2012 @02:19PM (#41314825)
    holo-fantasy drugs dont have the same effect, so the occasional drug run will be required.
  • Re:Prior Art? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Rockoon (1252108) on Wednesday September 12, 2012 @02:22PM (#41314865)
    When you figure out how to build a teleporter and a replicator, you too will get to patent them.
  • by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968&gmail,com> on Wednesday September 12, 2012 @03:08PM (#41315481) Journal

    Why am I not surprised with a UID like "KinkyKing" you are posting "more baby more"?

    As for TFA, who in the hell is gonna have a room so perfectly uncluttered and whose walls are all bare enough to make this worth using? I think a more workable idea was that one I saw awhile back where they had the VR helmet and a little treadmill like thing that allowed 360 degree movement. At least with that the player could stand in one little spot and not have to worry about having perfectly clear walls to project their games onto.

    Frankly though with all the patents that all the big corps are getting nowadays it seems to me more like they are just throwing shit at a wall and hoping that something sticks. Since patents last for 20 years and the USPTO lets you be vague as hell when it comes to them I wouldn't be surprised if anything involving games and projection for the next 20 odd years will be getting a phone call from a MSFT lawyer with their hand out. We really need a "use it or lose it" clause where if you don't actually use the patent to make some product, at a reasonable price and offered at a reasonable number of locations to keep them from just making a one off and asking a million bucks for it, then you lose the patent, simple as that. That would help get rid of all the patent trolling and might even keep companies from spamming the USPTO by making them think about having to actually make a product of some kind out of what they are filing for.

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