IGN has spotted a patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment that reveals a new idea to develop a robot that will react to the player’s emotion while he is playing a game. The patent reveals that the fuzzy robot don’t have a mouth but can move it’s head and feet in reaction to the player’s emotions. Similar to R.O.B. from Nintendo, the Sony’s robot will be able to play games with the player. An example was given by in the patent, the robot could control the “opponent team of a baseball game being played by the user.”
Interestingly, the robot will have a “feeling deduction unit” capable of detecting and reacting to the owner’s emotions,” joy, anger, love and surprise” this would be accomplished by a biological sensor capable of tracking the player’s heart rate and sweat.
“It is expected that the user’s affinity with the robot is increased and motivation for playing a game is enhanced by the robot viewing the gameplay next to the user and being pleased or sad together with the user. Further, regarding not only the game but also a movie, a television program, or the like, it is expected that the user may enjoy content more by viewing the content with the robot as compared to the case of viewing it alone.”