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Xbox 720 to feature a wearable controller?

Just when you thought the Xbox 720 rumours couldn’t get any more outrageous, the tech world rumour mill comes along and blows our minds once again.

Fresh from the news that Microsoft’s next generation console, the Xbox 720, is set to turn players’ living rooms into a 3D gaming world, comes an even more tantalising prospect.

Details have emerged that a patent application submitted by Microsoft for a wearable controller, applies to the Xbox 360 follow-up. Here’s what we can expect from the futuristic technology.

Xbox 720 wearable controller: How will it work?

An abstract located at the top of the document filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office lists the device as a Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller.

Outlining how it will work, the patent details that the Electromyography (EMG) sensors on the device will allow a wired or wireless human-computer interface (HCl) ‘to interact with computing systems and attached devices via electrical signals, generated by specific movement of the user’s muscles.’

Further details from the patent reveal that the EMG-Based Controller will be placed on the surface of the user’s skin, and automated cues or instructions will allow users to ‘fine-tune’ its placement.

It goes on to detail that the wearable controller may require the production of items such as an armband, wristwatch, or articles of clothing, which could be integrated with the technology.

Will it add to gamers’ experience?

The patent application makes it difficult to gauge how the wearable controller will enhance the overall gaming experience, but we could probably expect quicker and more precise responses.

Recent reports have suggested that the Xbox 720 isn’t expected to hit the market until 2013 at the earliest, and early 2014 at the latest. So we won’t if this particular rumour’s true for some time.

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