Microsoft last year filed multiple patents in an effort to protect the software and technology behind its motion-sensing gaming system Kinect.
Microsoft has filed at least 12 patents that protect the intellectual property of its motion sensor controller technology surrounding Kinect. The company aggressively aims to patent every aspect especially the software that enables a gaming experience that is based on gestures and motion tracking. The patent applications that surfaced this week are:
Especially interesting are the filings of user movement feedback via an avatar, which is described as:
as well as the filing that details motion tracking, which is described as:
All patents have in common that they were filed last year, eight on May 29, 2009; three on August 31, 2009; one on August 26, 2009 and one on June 15, 2009.
It is very apparent that Microsoft does not want to allow any loopholes that would allow others to copy its technology. This flurry is reminiscent of the aggressive patent approach surrounding the iPhone about three years ago - which, however, did not help much as Apple is tangled up in countless lawsuits today and courts still have to confirm its patents.
If Kinect is the future of gaming, then Microsoft could see a similar trend.