Microsoft Sued Over Kinect

Microsoft is being sued by Impulse Technology, a company that claims the Kinect violates seven of its patents for technology that tracks a user’s movement and allows them to play video games without a controller.

Impulse allegedly informed Microsoft before issuing the lawsuit, stating their patents covered a:

…wide variety of games where the movement of a player is tracked in three dimensions … and certain exercise games where the motion of the player is tracked to effect movement of a virtual avatar, and the exertion of the user is monitored, including where the tracking of the player is done by use of a camera.

But Microsoft isn’t the only target of this lawsuit — eight video game makers, including EA, Sega, and Konami, stand accused of making games designed for the Kinect system that violate Impulse‚Äôs patents.

Maybe Microsoft can use an army of motion-controlled helicopters to get them out of this.

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1 Comment on Microsoft Sued Over Kinect


On July 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

So heres my take: Nintendo had a lawsuit against them a while ago for motion controller, Sony had one for Dualshock 3 motion control, now Microsoft… Do the companies just wait for the product to mature or something? I mean is it like, lets see how much money they make so we can charge them per unit sold and sue for MORE money! Is there liek some sort of plan?