Nintendo has purchased a large stake in PUX, a subsidiary of Panasonic. PUX was created by Panasonic in April of 2012. According to the Nikkei, PUX’s main focus is developing face and voice recognition technologies, which Nintendo reportedly plans to use toward “[increasing] the usability of user interfaces for future game systems.”
For a price of 35 million yen, Nintendo purchased approximately 1/3 of Panasonic’s shares in PUX, leaving Panasonic with roughly a 50% stake in the company, while Nintendo holds 28%. Members of Nintendo’s own staff plan to join associates of PUX to work hand-in-hand in fashioning new technologies for Nintendo.
No word yet on what Iwata & Co. plan to accomplish with these potential new tools. Perhaps they will be implemented into the gaming giant’s next console? Nintendo has certainly been embracing new technologies lately in order to help advance its consoles. Stay tuned to MNN for updates on Nintendo’s intentions with PUX.