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Sony Patents “Robot Friend” Who Will Play Games And Hangout With You

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Sony’s PlayStation group has published a patented plan for a robot friend that plays games and watches movies with users. Sony describes the robot friend as a “human-type pet-type robot.”


The patent description says:


“The inventor has focused on the possibility of utilizing a robot as a joint viewing player who experiences sympathy with a user. It is expected that the user’s affinity with the robot is increased and motivation for playing a game is enhanced by the robot viewing the gameplay next to the user and being pleased or sad together with the user.”


PlayStation Robot Friend
Playstation Robot friend Patent. Photo: Sony


Sony’s robot friend is probably a viable option for people who don’t like to play games or hang out by themselves. The robot friend also responds to a user’s emotions.


In addition, the company touts it as “a joint viewing player who experiences sympathy with a user.” The patent adds that “it is expected that the user may enjoy content merely by viewing the content with the robot as compared to the case of viewing it alone.”

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The patent details some of Sony’s plans for its workings.


“A user places a robot nearby and views contents together, while the robot communicates with the user by outputting a reaction to empathize with the user or outputting a reaction against the user conversely, on the basis of a deduced user’s feeling,” it reads.

Robot Friend could have a VR version

The patent says the robot could be autonomous and act as an AI opponent in multiplayer titles.


Additionally, the patent makes reference to a VR version of the new robot friend. Users might be able to “see how the virtual character is viewing the content” with a VR headset on. That gives room for the possibility of interaction with the VR version of the robot.


However, it is possible that the product will never make it into mainstream use. Companies usually submit a lot of patents on their ideas without actually manufacturing the products.


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