Nintendo's latest patent is for 'Eye Tracking-Enabled 3D Viewing' on TVs

Looks like Nintendo might not be done with the world of 3D just yet. Nintendo's most notable efforts in 3D gaming comes from the 3DS, but a recent patent from Nintendo shows that Nintendo has some ideas for moving that experience over to traditional TVs.

- application is for “Eye Tracking Enabled 3D Viewing”
- has the goal of providing a device that can see where users are looking in order to deliver the optimal 3D viewing angle
- this is a continuation of another patent application dating as far back as 2010
- instead of using a specialized 3D display or glasses, this uses an eye-tracking device on top of a conventional display
- in order to improve the tracking capabilities of the camera, users can wear a marker on their head
- "viewpoint movement detection can provide collision-related game benefits such as allowing a player to dodge projectiles"
- can also give a game character an ability to ‘see’ the player when not behind line-of-sight obstacles

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

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I'd be curious to see how this would work in the real world. I think it's possibly partially using the Wii remote technology but in reverse if you know what I mean.

So, this ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw ... is what first comes to mind.

Yep, that's exactly what I thought of.

It’s basically that but also presenting the image in a way that it appears like stereoscopic 3D but on a regular display and without 3D glasses. The head tracking would be used to calculate where the viewers eyes are so the image can be presented accordingly.

Not sure it could work for more than one view though.

I hope we end up getting something like this. This is up there with VR for me.

That guy later worked at Microsoft on Kinect and EA had that feature in Boomblox for a time, but they cut it for the final game.
I wonder if Nintendo paid him for the details of the original patent? (This one is an add-on to the previous one)

But yeah, that idea is frankly awesome. I don't usually see in 3D, even in the real world, so the fact I can see it in this is AWESOME.


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