In 2012 Sony filed a trademark for something called the “EyePad”. Whilst that name might have Apple squirming in their seats, it’s worth noting that it’s the technology here in question, not the name – besides, nobody at Sony is really that silly.
Anyway, the EyePad looks and feels like a regular tablet, but works in conjunction with cameras on either side of the controller which together generate 3D virtual buttons, which means it’ll function like any regular game controller if needed. It’s unlikely to be anything to do with the PlayStation 4 – the controller for that is most likely a regular looking Dual Shock with some minor adjustments (including a central touch pad and refined triggers) but it’s clear that Sony are still trying to do something a little out there as well as pushing next gen consoles.
The official description describes the EyePad thus:
“An input device for an entertainment device comprises a first main surface, one or more side edges, one or more motion sensors operable to generate motion data, and a wireless communicator for transmitting the motion data to the entertainment device, wherein an elongate illuminated region extends along some or all of one or more of the side edges.”
“In addition the input device may comprise a first stereoscopic camera and a second stereoscopic camera having respective viewpoints located at opposing corners of a first area of the main surface, the field of view of each stereoscopic camera encompassing a first volume of space immediately above the first area, wherein the first and second stereoscopic cameras are operable to generate respective stereoscopic images, from which a first depth map and complementary second depth map may be generated for opposite sides of an object placed within the first volume of space.”