The whole motion control era has sparked a seeming cavalcade of lawsuits claiming patent infringement, and Nintendo (along with EA, Namco Bandai, Konami, Ubisoft and Majesco ) is on the receiving end yet again.
Ohio-based technology firm Impulse Technology is claiming that the above named developers and publishers are infringing on a patent they took in 1996. The firm alleges that they violated their patent that utilizes an“interactive system for measuring physiological exertion.” The patent describes a system that measures user activity through input devices attached to their limbs and then send data in real time to simulate an “interactively controlled” video sequence.
Among the games that apparently violate the patent are Wii Fit Plus, Zumba Fitness, Grand Slam Tennis, Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 and UFC Personal Trainer.
Nintendo has recently been able to fend off these types of lawsuits in the past, but this time Impulse has a product on shelves called the Interactive Fitness Machine. We’ll see how this latest round of litigation goes.