Sony Patents Creepy Tech For Identifying Users

It looks like Sony intends to make things pretty personal in the future. Like, ‘GET OUT OF MY BEDROOM’ personal. Playstation Lifestyle has discovered, (via Kotaku), a recent patent filing suggesting that they’re working on something that will either be super convenient, or super creepy.

The patent, called ‘PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY IDENTIFYING USER OF CONSUMER ELECTRONICS’ would apparently remove the need for the user to manually identify themselves, possibly even having to login to their account at all. Instead, your device would just know who you are, kind of like how that ex boyfriend of your just ‘knew’ when you got off work and managed to wait out front with a dozen paper roses made out of torn-up retraining orders. The device would constantly monitor use of your Playstation, using biometric data like ‘fingerprint sensors, hand sensors, face recognition systems, iris scanners retinal scanners, voice pattern analyzers, and DNA analyzers.’ Which just sounds nuts.

Seriously, having to do a retinal scan, fingerprint swipe, voice pattern recognition and so on sounds a hell of a lot less convenient than simply clicking which profile you want to activate whenever you turn on your Playstation. There’s no word on how they would implement this or when it would even be available, but it sounds to me more like a means to tracking potential crackers than anything the consumer will like. They do, after all, mention antipiracy as a potential application.

Who knows, maybe this is for internal use only, like, for keeping tabs on their employees. Which is also creepy. Or maybe it’s a way of making intrusive DRM seem awesome by comparison. We’ll let you know should more information become available. No wonder they’re planning to support PS3 for so long. They’ll need to in order to make up for the flood of annoyed customers.

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1 Comment on Sony Patents Creepy Tech For Identifying Users


On September 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Orwellian surveillance of customers? In a company famous for keeping all it’s sensitive customer data in unencrypted text files? Who was hauled before Congress to explain said text files? It’s sort of miraculous how BAD Sony is. Never buying Sony stuff, that’s for sure. Because of the creepy surveillance, and also because of the terribly irresponsible treatment of the info they keep on their customers.