Video game system with wireless modular handheld controller

  • US 7,927,216 B2
  • Filed: 09/15/2006
  • Issued: 04/19/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/15/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A video game remote controller comprising:

  • a housing that can be comfortably held in one hand by a user, said housing including an upper control surface and a lower surface, in use the fingers of a user curling around the lower surface to allow the user to grasp and hold the housing and control the orientation thereof, in use the user'"'"'s thumb extending over the upper control surface, the housing lower surface defining a depression therein positioned and dimensioned so as to accept the user'"'"'s index finger;

    at least one depressible button disposed on the upper control surface such that the user'"'"'s thumb is able to depress and operate said depressible button while the user grasps said housing;

    at least one further depressible control disposed at least in part within said housing lower surface depression, said user in use being able to selectively depress said further depressible control by squeezing the further depressible control with a finger;

    an accelerometer mounted within the housing that senses acceleration;

    an imaging module including an optical sensor mounted on or in the housing that senses infrared light, wherein the imaging module determines positions of illuminated stationary objects within images captured by the optical sensor; and

    a wireless transceiver operatively coupled to the accelerometer and the imaging module that transmits acceleration information based on signals generated by the accelerometer and positions of illuminated stationary objects based on the infrared light sensed by the imaging module.

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