Patent for a Sega controller is found


A US patent for a controller made by Sega was recently uncovered. It was filed on July 23rd, 2009 and was publicly published last month. The concept art shown for the device all looks a lot like the Wii. The game shown as well resembles Prope’s Let’s Tap. One can assume that this was possibly a failed controller for the game, but the patent was filed months after its release.

A game device capable of controlling a game without a special game operation is provided.A controller 7 which is means for inputting game operation to a game device 3 comprises an acceleration sensor 73 detecting vibration applied to the input means. Control means for controlling the game in the game device 3 comprises means for determining an intensity level of a vibration value of vibration generated by a tap motion of a player when the controller 7 transmits a measured value of the vibration, and means for determining whether or not an array pattern of the determined intensity levels in time series order matches a previously-set command. The control means comprises means for, if it matches the previously-set command, executing special game control set corresponding to the matched command.

We probably will never know what this was going to be, but it’s fun to speculate. Hit the jump to see the concept art and don’t forget to tell me what you think it is in the comments.

[Source: TSSZ News]


  • grolt

    The controller has the exact same button layout as the Wii’s Wiimote. It was probably just going to be a different colored or buttoned pack-in, sort of like the Flingsmash or Wii Play bundles. There is no way this is for a different console or anything…I know we want a Dreamcast 2, but this one is reaching pretty far!

  • Keith Apicary has found it already…

  • ninjajosh

    maybe its a third party controller?

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