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Impulse Technology says it created the technology first, and the company would like the courts to do something about it.
The Ohio-based firm claims that Microsoft's motion tracking sensor violates seven of its patents, include those that cover a "wide variety of games where the movement of a player is tracked in three dimensions…and certain exercise games where the motion of the player is tracked to effect movement of a virtual avatar, and the exertion of the user is monitored, including where the tracking of the player is done by the use of a camera."
Other publishers are also named in the suit, including EA, Konami, and Sega, all for making games for the Kinect that also violate the patents.
If the case succeeds, it could affect any number of issues surrounding Microsoft's ability to sell the Kinect and its games, and might also result in significant damages to the software giant.
Like any case, it's likely to be a long time before we hear any final say on how it will turn out. When there is progress on the case, we'll let you know.
[via Patent Arcade]
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I don't expect this to get too far into court...
I wonder if they would have sued if it only sold 100,000 units.
Why would anyone claim to have invented that thing, let alone start a lawsuit over it?
why am i not surprised nobody thought the kinict would go anywher then a year later its still going strong and some compony comes out of nowhere and says microsoft stole their idea.... what a concidence
Well, it is not like someone will miss kinect anyway
Surely MS knew others had staked their claim on this sort of tech and did their research before hand... can't see anything coming out of this but I've been wrong before.
Imulse Technology, hurting for money much???
People, don't just file your patents, make something with it too (other than a lawsuit)!!
Yet another person/group claiming to have invented/created/thought of [insert something to sue over] before [insert entity to be sued here].
What?! Why did they wait this long to say this?
This won't happen. Microsoft didn't create the Kinect, and this technology has actually been around for a while. How could Microsoft get in trouble for simply buying tech from another company?
Who is Impulse Technology?
But I don't get how Microsoft could be sued for something like this, motion tracking devices (and any of technology) should be able to be created just as frequently as cellphones are.
If they had this first, why did they wait nearly a year to do something about it? I'm throwing the BS flag.
Well why waste so mch Impule tech was ikt really that important to you...