Sony Patents a PS3 and PSP compatible Doll…

Wait what?! Yes, weird as it may sound, it is exactly what it sounds like. The U.S. Patent department has released details on a new patent Sony recently secured, which details a design for an interactive Doll that interfaces with Sony products.

Good lord, look at that thing, this is what nightmares are made of. Is it supposed to be some kind of bear? Why does it have half of a faux-hawk, and above all else what possible function could this thing have?

According to Sony it is a substantially enhanced version of the Microsoft Actimate which was released way back in 1997. However, the Actimate failed to sell due to its limited functionality. The Actimate was actually an revamp attempt itself, finding much of its inspiration from Nintendos infamously worthless accessory R.O.B.

While it is entirely unclear what exactly Sony would expect this doll to do, based on a statement made by Sony the idea would be that the doll would somehow interface with particular games, like the PlayStation Move does. Although I frankly cannot imagine a game which could successfully integrate the use of a doll. Would you use the doll instead of a controller? Would you compete against/with the doll much like R.O.B. of years past? One thing it will do Sony says, is that the PS3 will be able to send basic signals to the doll based on what the player is doing. The doll will then “react” accordingly.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I hope that this thing never sees the light of day. If it does, not only will it almost certainly be a huge commercial failure, but these dolls could be integrating with games like Killzone 3 or Alan Wake. Personally I don’t want to see a tiny, fuzzy, android stuck in Helghast mode.

Source: PlayStation Lifestyle

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