Similar to traditional vehicle steering wheels, typical wheel controllers for video games are configured such that the wheel portion is mechanically coupled to a fixed base along the steering axis. While such controllers may provide a realistic driving experience, such controllers are typically bulky and, in some scenarios, may require a table and/or other surface to provide a mount for the controller. Microsoft's solution to this problem can be found in the form of a new wireless steering wheel controller patent filing that Patent Bolt discovered at the US Patent & Trademark Office earlier in the quarter.
Microsoft Invents New Wireless Xbox Steering Wheel Control
Microsoft states that their new wireless controller will include a handle portion to be held in one or both hands. The wireless controller also includes a gyroscope to output rotation information indicative of rotation of the handle about a steering axis, an accelerometer to output acceleration information, and a magnetometer to output magnetic bearing information. The wireless controller also includes a communication subsystem to wirelessly transmit sensor data to the Xbox (PC or other smart device).
The sensor data represents one or more of the rotation information, the acceleration information, and the magnetic bearing information such that the acceleration information is useable to attenuate gyroscopic drift when the handle has a first orientation and the magnetic bearing information is useable to attenuate gyroscopic drift when the handle has a second orientation.
Alternative Design – Full Circular Wheel
Microsoft originally filed their patent application under application number 13/462635 back in Q2 2012. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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