Late last week apatent application for a strange U-shaped controller surfaced in the gaming forum NeoGAF. The , which was reportedly filed in October of 2014 and has been roughly translated into English, suggests that had plans for a motion-based controller with a variety of fitness-related sensors, including a gyroscope, acceleration sensors, and temperature sensors.
“The main object of the present invention is to provide a novel training equipment, training system and an input device,” the application reads. It references use of a, and is also referred to as an “exercise appliance and health appliance.”
Even after reading a good part of the application, the horseshoe-like device is still shrouded in mystery. Here are five things themight actually be for:
1. Some type of dedicated health controller that will work with‘s next big console, codenamed NX. “NX” is expected to come out by the end of this year and has beendescribed by Nintendo as a something “unique and different,” not just the “next version of the Wii or Wii U.”
2. A non-wearable wearable that would work with‘s stalled “quality of life” health platform, which the company first spoke about in 2014 and said would launch in April 2015 (but then never did), and now its fate seems totally up in the air…
3. An hand controller that will work with a yet-to-be-announcedAR / VR headset, which will transport us all into a magical world of warp pipes, labyrinth dungeons, and rainbow roads.
4. An actual horseshoe — but a “smart” one. If there are apps for logging saddle hoursand tracking your horse’s weight, why not make a horseshoe that will wirelessly send all of that data to an app? Horses need Fitbits, too? It would be a slight deviation from‘s, um, stable of products, but has done stranger things before. (Okay, we don’t really think it’s a horseshoe.)
5. Nothing. Tech companies file filing bizarre patent applications. This U-shaped motion-sensing controller device may never come to market.all the time. And has a history of
Then again, maybe we’ll all be sitting on balance balls holding boomerang controllers in our hands, tracking our activity levels — or inactivity levels — soon enough.