Yesterday, a patent was filed by Nintendo Co., Ltd for a device titled “Information processing system, information processing program, information processing method and imaging device” invented by Fumihiko Inoue.
The device includes a camera and has some form of object detecting properties. At first glance of the images, the device looks similar to an NFC reader/writer. Here’s a picture of the device below:
12 – Imaging device
12a – Camera unit
12b – Mirror part
12c –Fixing member (fixes the camera unit)
20 – Camera
30 – Curved surface mirror
32 – Fixing member (fixes the curved surface mirror)
As the original application is in Japanese, the NeoGaf user Rösti, who posted the patent details, noted that JPO and INPIT also provide a machine translation and claims this provides a clearer translation than Google Translate. Here’s some information from the patent below:
“The 24th invention is a projector device which opposes to a light source and a light source is arranged, and is provided with the mirror which reflects the light from a light source in the circumference. According to the 24th invention, an image can be projected on the surface which intersects the surface in which the projector device was installed, and the surface concerned.”
“Fig.11 is an illustration figure showing the example of the detecting position of other objects which used the information processing system of the working example.”
“[Drawing 14]C Fig.14 is a shown illustration figure about the example which provided the display removably on the imaging device of an working example.”
“[Drawing 15]Fig.15 (A) is an illustration figure showing the example which constitutes a controller using the operating part of an information processing system and resin, and Fig.15 (B) is an illustration figure showing the display example of the display window provided by the operating part.”
There’s a lot of technical notes and diagrams along with this patent, and you can see full translations and further diagrams here.