Earlier this week at the 2011 Game Developers Conference, Sony unveiled Move.Me - a software application that academics, researchers, students, and hobbyists can use to create new types of software applications using the PlayStation Move motion controller as an input device on their own PCs, all via the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system.
Launched in fall 2010, PlayStation Move delivers a precise motion control
gaming experience on PS3 with the PlayStation Move motion controller,
which features internal motion sensors and utilizes additional tracking
from the PlayStation Eye camera. With the Move.Me application, the
tracking data that PS3 game developers use can be exported to the PC,
providing a tool for creating new applications.
The Move.Me project could help medical researchers prototype, for example,
rehabilitation applications for patients undergoing physical therapy. The
Move.Me application could also lead game design students to develop to new
creative concepts for gaming within the areas of 3D modeling, motion
capture, and augmented reality. The application is compatible with any
Windows or Linux-based PC; other devices, such as tablets and smartphones,
can also receive PlayStation Move's tracking data if they can connect to a
The Move.Me application will be available for download from PlayStation
Network this spring.
SCEA will support the Move.Me application with sample code, user
documentation and corporate material from SCE Research and Development.
The Move.Me application will not require the PS3 system SDK or a licensing
Sony's decision to give researchers access to its motion controller
follows Micrsoft's recent announcement that it would would release the
Kinect SDK after seeing what hobbyists were capable of creating.