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Microsoft Trying To Patent a 'Magic Wand'

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the also-patenting-bag-of-holding dept.

XBox (Games) 157

theodp writes "Newly-disclosed USPTO documents show that Microsoft is seeking patent protection for a 'Magic Wand,' a device with various gizmos and sensors that can manipulate and interact with its environment, including video and holographic images, while using biometrics to connect with the user. 'Even the most pragmatic individual,' explains Microsoft, 'would have trouble arguing against the merits or utility of, say, a magic wand that actually worked to control or communicate with objects or components in an associated nearby environment.' No doubt. The inventors include CXO/CTO J Allard, and Sr. Researcher Andy Wilson."

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It's called a Wii-mote! (5, Insightful)

jholder (22001) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998245)

Wonder if they get into trouble with Nintendo.

Re:It's called a Wii-mote! (5, Insightful)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998293)

And all other remote controls that already exists and has existed since "deity-knows-when".

Even the director's wand at an orchestra is a form of remote. But not very advanced in itself.

Re:It's called a Wii-mote! (1)

theeddie55 (982783) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999011)

Nikola Tesla patented the first remote control in 1898 http://www.google.com/patents?vid=613809 [google.com] and after 111 years, this isn't going that much further.

Re:It's called a Wii-mote! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28000441)

If Apple can patent "multi-touch" I think Microsoft should be able to patent whatever they want.

Re:It's called a Wii-mote! (2, Informative)

Chazerizer (934553) | more than 5 years ago | (#28000621)

Even the director's wand at an orchestra is a form of remote. But not very advanced in itself.

The word you're looking for is "baton".

Re:It's called a Wii-mote! (2, Funny)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998683)

I think Disney should get involved in this. After all, they released a 9 minute demonstration of it in 1940.

Not new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999065)

While the concept may be thousends of year old, Microsoft might talk about the implementation. On the other side, they could read Xerox PARC research reports to see how it actually was done. (I don't remember when.)

Re:Not new (4, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999159)

Microsoft's New Magic Wand Promo:

"It's not the size of the wand...but, the MAGIC behind it!!

Re:Clippy, again? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999191)

Seriously, we have to stop this before someone gets harmed.

Re:It's called a Wii-mote! (1)

Threemoons (70070) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999197)

Or Hitachi (google Hitachi Magic Wand...)

Vas Flam! (2, Funny)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998259)

I have prior art, I was born with a magic wand!

Re:Vas Flam! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27998425)

I will defeat your puny magic wand with my mighty lightsaber!

Re:Vas Flam! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27998497)

Pffft, nice Short Sword, Hedwig.

Re:Vas Flam! (5, Funny)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998587)

I have prior art, I was born with a magic wand!

Yes?

And do you put on your robe and wizard hat before you use it?

First result on search for "Magic Wand" (2, Funny)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998271)

This is the first search result for "magic wand":

http://www.amazon.com/Vibratex-HV-250R-Hitachi-Magic-Massager/dp/B00005M1WE [amazon.com]

I think MS needs to rethink their naming. I doubt this is what they have in mind. Besides, the Wii beat them to it in designing a controller that looks like a sex toy.

Re:First result on search for "Magic Wand" (3, Funny)

loutr (626763) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998545)

I think MS needs to rethink their naming. I doubt this is what they have in mind.

Then again we're talking about the company whose CEO wants to squirt you pictures of his kids [softpedia.com] ...

Re:First result on search for "Magic Wand" (4, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999085)

I think MS needs to rethink their naming.

Wandows?
   

Re:First result on search for "Magic Wand" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999769)

I vote 'Wangdows' as most men have a magical wand as well.

Re:First result on search for "Magic Wand" (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999855)

slashdotters' are not so magical.

Re:First result on search for "Magic Wand" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28000215)

Won't-do-those

Wintendoze

Do not insert mouse . . . (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999329)

I swear I read in the instructions for an SGI mouse back in the 90s "do not insert the mouse in your mouth or any other body orifice."

So there is a need here...

Prior Art (1)

bit trollent (824666) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998273)

The Magic Wand [libida.com] has been around for years.

I can't believe that Microsoft is abusing the patent system.

Away, varlet! (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998277)

Microsoft is trying to pwn my Bluetooth trackball?

Don't forget the ORIGINAL Magic Wand! (4, Interesting)

blahbooboo (839709) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998303)

Surely someone is going to point out the comparison to the original magic wand? I think this might prevent Micro$oft's patent as it came out in the 1970s??

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16896630001 [newegg.com]

Re:Don't forget the ORIGINAL Magic Wand! (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998581)

Man, the customer reviews for that product are hilarious! "Worst mothers day ever" indeed!

Mods are crazy, how is parent off topic? (1)

blahbooboo (839709) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998611)

Are you mods crazy? How is parent off-topic?

Re:Don't forget the ORIGINAL Magic Wand! (1)

s_p_oneil (795792) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999117)

Ok, why the heck is that on newegg?

Re:Don't forget the ORIGINAL Magic Wand! (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999735)

Ok, why the heck is that on newegg?

And why the HECK did I click it at work!?

Re:Don't forget the ORIGINAL Magic Wand! (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999173)

Surely someone is going to point out the comparison to the original magic wand?

You mean the one behind the fig leaf?

Re:Don't forget the ORIGINAL Magic Wand! (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999571)

"You mean the one behind the fig leaf?"

I use an air freshener, the type you hang in the rear-view mirror... modern times, you know?

Re:Don't forget the ORIGINAL Magic Wand! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28000359)

SGI had this 15 years ago..

This is just more stealth-marketing from the cockroaches

The Doctor called... (5, Funny)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998325)

The Doctor called... He wants to have a word with them about his sonic screwdriver.

Sounds like a pickup line... (0, Offtopic)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998343)

... "Hey, baby, want to see my magic wand?"

Re:Sounds like a pickup line... (1)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998381)

Oh, come on, there are so many better jokes for that.

"Rod of Lordly Might" comes to mind...

Re:Sounds like a pickup line... (1)

fnj (64210) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998429)

"Magic wand" is now a synonym for "etchings."

Re:Sounds like a pickup line... (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998835)

Hitachi already makes one [amazon.com] and my girlfriend loves hers...

Re:Sounds like a pickup line... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999127)

Well of course sh

Re:Sounds like a pickup line... (1)

ausekilis (1513635) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999427)

...and my girlfriend loves hers...

I stopped believing you somewhere around here ;-)

Re:Sounds like a pickup line... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999483)

No, it's pretty believable that he's so bad in bed that she needs a personal massager.

It's called a universal remote (3, Insightful)

kawabago (551139) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998361)

It's time Microsoft stopped inventing things that already exist!

Re:It's called a universal remote (1)

Anivair (921745) | more than 5 years ago | (#28000123)

Right, but this one is BETTER because it can crash EVERYTHING you have! Even holographic images and your toaster can be crashed by this wand! it's now easier than ever to force a fatal error in your radio, tv, or refrigerator.

Abracadabra! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27998435)

Bluescreenof Deathus!

Sure, they can patent a magic wand, (4, Funny)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998437)

but they still can't use it to make Vista disappear.

Re:Sure, they can patent a magic wand, (5, Insightful)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998695)

but they still can't use it to make Vista disappear.

Maybe.

But their magical marketing team has managed to transmogrify a thinly veiled facelift of it into the widely hyped Windows 7.

Re:Sure, they can patent a magic wand, (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999137)

and the drivers for it will be included in every Windows 7 install along with another Control Panel gadget, no doubt.

Re:Sure, they can patent a magic wand, (1)

Tanman (90298) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999053)

I thought they already did that trick. I believe the incantation was "Presto Requirio Systemaximo!"

let me be the first to say (1, Funny)

popeye44 (929152) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998463)

RECTUMSEMPRA...

which is either a spell from Harry Potter or Latin for Timely Assholes.

Magic Wang Err wand.

Re:let me be the first to say (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27998763)

"Levitatus Chairus!"

"Developamus! Developamus! Developamus!"

Prior art (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998465)

a magic wand that actually worked to control or communicate with objects or components in an associated nearby environment.

What about Wand of Levitation, Wand of Cold, Wand of Teleportation and Wand of Wonder?

Once again, Microsoft is late to the game.

That could actually be fun (3, Interesting)

v1 (525388) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998495)

Having something that operates a bit like a wii controller combined with a universal remote.

Imagine pointing the wand at your receiver and giving an upward flitting motion and the receiver bumps up the volume. or flick to the right and it changes stations or goes to the next track. Twirl it in a circle clockwise to turn on or counterclockwise to turn off etc.

And would only react to the device you point at. (might have to establish separate gestures for nearby components etc)

I'd buy that.

Re:That could actually be fun (1)

Random2 (1412773) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998549)

I see it now: interactive porn. Flip the stick up for a thrust, roll it for a moan....

Re:That could actually be fun (1)

ouimetch (1433125) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998779)

I could see a lot of wrist flicking being a serious problem for older people or other people with arthritis. I'm not sure what Microsoft is trying to do with this, but a hunch tells me it isn't going to work out like they hope it will.

Re:That could actually be fun (1)

Xaoswolf (524554) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999133)

like all those o;d people playing Wii?

I'm imaging something else . . . (0, Offtopic)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998809)

Imagine pointing the wand at your receiver and giving an upward flitting motion and the receiver bumps up the volume. or flick to the right and it changes stations or goes to the next track. Twirl it in a circle clockwise to turn on or counterclockwise to turn off etc.

. . . I'm imagining hurling the thing at my television, which is showing politicians making lame excuses about why they used taxpayer money to clean the moats of their private residences (and other wacky stuff). And that the politician can actually feel the pain when the wand hits the screen.

Now that is what I call political accountability.

Re:That could actually be fun (2, Funny)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999041)

Combining the accuracy of the Wiimote with a gestural interface seems like a very bad idea.

Re:That could actually be fun (1)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999147)

Having something that operates a bit like a wii controller combined with a universal remote.

Imagine pointing the wand at your receiver and giving an upward flitting motion and the receiver bumps up the volume. or flick to the right and it changes stations or goes to the next track. Twirl it in a circle clockwise to turn on or counterclockwise to turn off etc.

And would only react to the device you point at. (might have to establish separate gestures for nearby components etc)

I'd buy that.

Sounds nifty... But I fail to see how it would be an improvement over the universal remote that I have.

I don't see how physical gestures would be any easier or more intuitive than just hitting a button labeled "on" or "volume." And I'm really not sure how it would tell whether I want to turn on the TV, the VCR, the DVD player, or the cable box... They're all piled within about a foot of eachother. Unless you had a different gesture for each device... Or a selector switch/button to tell the wand what to talk to... But, in either case, I don't see it being any easier than my current remote.

Re:That could actually be fun (1)

Captain Hook (923766) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999215)

And would only react to the device you point at. (might have to establish separate gestures for nearby components etc)

I would have thought the initial pointing at the device you want to control would be enough to indicate which device is being controlled, then you can just use the same motions to mean different things to different device.

Re:That could actually be fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999365)

Could be interesting for people with palsy!

I can see this remote control, which could control several devices, would be significantly different from a universal remote control, which can only control several devices.

BTW, didn't Nintendo lose a lawsuit for their Wii remote being a violation of someone else's patent?

Re:That could actually be fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28000107)

I think this remote of which you speak already exists...

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Fiire_Chief [linuxmce.org]

Re:That could actually be fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28000163)

Yeah sure, that'd be fun, but why should Microsoft have the sole right to implement the idea and profit from it? Why can't they just let the market decide? (sarcasm) Oh right, Microsoft invested billions of dollars into developing the idea and have to get their return of investment. This sort of thing is understandable for pharmaceutic companies, utter BS in the software world.

Can the rules for patenting an invention be ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27998579)

circumvented due to its being a Trade Secret?

Should have been GPLed a long time ago or at least been made public domain to protect all the magician practitioners. Now how do they make a living? Is there no justice in the U.S., are we on the road to ruin because Obama's insistence on NOT visiting the sins of the past? Maybe a poet will address the issue long after it can be an effective prescription for political and financial health of this failing state.

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For what its worth... (4, Funny)

rodney dill (631059) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998591)

... As long as it works by magic, and not technology, give 'em the patent.

Priot art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999057)

Harry Potter

the USPTO should (2, Interesting)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998641)

turn this down, it is too generic, it should be impossible to patent an idea or concept, only actual products manufactured should be patentable...

I see your shwartz is a big as mine... (3, Funny)

genghisjahn (1344927) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998665)

...let's see how well you use it. And so began the great wand battle of '09 between MS and Nintendo.

OT: Paid by word? (4, Interesting)

JustinOpinion (1246824) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998721)

Somewhat off-topic, but the wording in patent applications always amuses me. For instance, the abstract says:

The architecture can utilize one or more sensor from a collection of sensors to determine an orientation or gesture in connection with the wand, and can further issue an instruction to update a state of an environmental component based upon the orientation.

They say "one or more sensor from a collection of sensors", which is redundant. They could just say "sensors". And why say "can further issue an instruction to update a state of an environmental component" when it is simpler to just say "can update another component"?

The architecture can utilize sensors to determine orientation or gesture of the wand, and can update another component based upon the orientation.

I understand the need for precision. And I guess if they don't claim "one or more sensors" then someone can try to circumvent the patent by doing the same thing with only one single sensor (or whatever). But it still sounds ridiculous, and is no excuse for making confusing sentences. So many sentences are needlessly complicated or outright superfluous. Is there really no better way to word patents?

Can anyone comment? Is that kind of wording truly necessary for the patent to be robust, or is the wording intentionally obtuse and confusing, so that they can later use the ambiguity to argue for broader applicability?

Re:OT: Paid by word? (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999091)

"one or more sensor from a collection of sensors" is not equal to the word "sensors."

In mathematical terms, the former means >= 1 and the latter means > 1

unless I'm missing something, and that's always possible.

Re:OT: Paid by word? (1)

JustinOpinion (1246824) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999253)

Sure, but what does the "from a collection of sensors" add to the meaning? And why can't they just write "sensor(s)" if they absolutely need the "one or more" part?

And moreover my question is whether or not they really do need the precision of "one or more" (especially in the abstract). The same logic applies to all the other potentially superfluous words. Yes there is a different between "issue an instruction to update" and simply "update", but is that differentiation actually crucially necessary from a legal or technical point of view?

I'm no patent expert, so maybe there is a good reason why all those extra words are in there... but I'm at a loss to see what they add. It's almost as if they want the application to sound precise, without actually specifying anything particularly useful.

Re:OT: Paid by word? (1)

magicbluesmoke (1018292) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999481)

Enforceability of a patent is generally based on the precision (wording and schematics) of its patent documents.

Re:OT: Paid by word? (2, Insightful)

acohen1 (1454445) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999649)

I was a co-inventor on a recent patent application and I can attest that pretty much all patents are written this way to make them as precise and robust as possible. Sometimes these phrases like "a collection of sensors" might refer specifically to a prior description or figure. Anyway, this is totally typical, and no the lawyers are not paid by word.

Andy Wilson's research predates the WiiMote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27998749)

Before people start saying this is a WiiMote rip-off, be aware that Andy Wilson has been working on this stuff for many years. From an article November 2002: '"We're trying to get away from ... the universal remote where you have 300 buttons," says Andy Wilson, the Microsoft researcher who was key in developing the device. The Xwand, a prototype, contains a set of motion sensors that tell a nearby computer whether it is pointing left or right, up or down.' See http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2002-11-18-bonus-microsoft-xwand_x.htm [usatoday.com]

First, get some pointy-ass shoes, a gnome outfit (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998759)

and set of blingy neck chains, a runes book, and do jigs and circus moves. That'll impress me. Games makers already are on this, ms, so back off. Your acts further justify massive patent reform's need, clowns.

(Yeh, shills/acolytes, go ahead, marke me inflammatory/troll...)

Re:First, get some pointy-ass shoes, a gnome outfi (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998857)

Get out your robe and wizard hat. That'll impress Britney.

OK everybody. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27998825)

Remember, swish and flick!

No dirty jokes about this??!? (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998827)

Come on people, get with the program!

J Allard Parts the Red Sea? (1)

mpapet (761907) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998843)

1. They totally missed on the Tablet PC concept and burned OEM's on it. Don't worry J's going to fix it!

2. They *totally* screwed device developers by dropping their OEM DRM scheme and release one of their own. Don't worry J's going fix the Zune.

3.They totally missed integrating new HID in xbox. Don't worry J's going to fix that too!

4. J's going to be working on an operating system GUI in about a decade. He'll fix that too!

What are the chances just one of those things will work out well for Microsoft?

No thanks.. .. (3, Funny)

Ozric (30691) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998851)

[quote]device that can manipulate and interact with its environment[/quote]

I will stick with the katana .. it manupulates and interacts with the phyical enviroment very well.

Does a good job on people with pesky magic wands too!

No sensors or gizmos needed, and only effects what you point it.

YMMV

Prior art from 1997 (1)

Paul Fernhout (109597) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998891)

From our garden simulator help file:
    http://www.kurtz-fernhout.com/help100/00000136.htm [kurtz-fernhout.com]
"The magic wand is used to grow plants, to pull all plants in a soil patch, to duplicate plants and soil patches, to rename plants, to reseed plants, and to place plants in stasis (or remove them from stasis). The tool actions associated with any tool can be changed in the tool editor."

You could also map action from other tools, like the "growcorder" onto the magic wand to use it for that functionality:
    http://www.kurtz-fernhout.com/help100/00000134.htm [kurtz-fernhout.com]
    "The growcorder is used to scan, magnify, or scan and magnify garden objects to find out more information about them."

I guess the way our patent system works, we can expect a cease and desist order from Microsoft any day now for using the ideas we developed over a decade before them. :-)

GW could have used one of these... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27998921)

Oil prices could have gone down, Iraq could have been sorted out. WMD's could have been conjured...

And the product will be named... (2, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27998993)

Micosoft Wang.

Re:And the product will be named... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999925)

Micosoft Wang.

Remember Wang Laboratories in the 80's? They used to sell word-processing equipment, but PC advances eventually stomped them. But if they had merged with MS back then, perhaps that's the name they'd use. But I suspect that "soft" and "wang" together are not good for marketing.
     

Re:And the product will be named... (1)

jvkjvk (102057) | more than 5 years ago | (#28000117)

But I suspect that "soft" and "wang" together are not good for marketing.

and neither would "micro wang"

just sayin'

Re:And the product will be named... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#28000531)

seems its a doomed merger no matter how you slice it (ouch).
 

a remote control? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999021)

lol

Goldilocks Gold Rush (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999025)

Will Apple compete with iPixie Dust? Java already has magic beans covered.

Meh (4, Funny)

srussia (884021) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999187)

Probably just a stretched-out Clippy.

My GOD! I could use it to CONTROL MY TV!!! (1)

mkcmkc (197982) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999225)

FROM ACROSS THE ROOM!!!!!!!!

As a method of projecting power, there's a lot to be said for the patent system, as opposed to billy clubs, but beyond that it usually seems really lame.

Did they need to wait for Clarke to die first? (5, Funny)

Torodung (31985) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999233)

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

And apparently, in their filing, Microsoft thinks that any sufficiently obvious idea is indistinguishable from innovation.

--
Toro

Microsoft is patenting the remote control? (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999257)

Isn't there prior art?

Re:Microsoft is patenting the remote control? (1)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999383)

Yeah, 1980 called, they want their invention back.

Will it require all commands be uttered in Latin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999343)

Specifcally, infinitives?

Programming wands? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999459)

I'd love to get some of these for coding (ala Edelman's Jump 225 series of books)!

Imagine firing up code space - it makes all those vi/emacs flamewars look like amateur night!

More people should read that series. They're books about writing software for crissakes.

Alright, Balmer .... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999681)

...[Zap!] You're a toad!

-- Merlin

How is this not a Wii controller? (3, Interesting)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999773)

It's already in the shape of a wand. And it can do everything described with simple software updates. Do you get a patent just for using someone else's design now? And that's not considering how innovative the Wii controller is itself.

David Louis Edelman called... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27999847)

...he wants to point out that his Programming Bars in InfoQuake/MultiReal are just these things.

Magic (1)

Translation Error (1176675) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999933)

Allard: "Why is Ballmer having us make a 'magic wand', anyway?"

Wilson: "He says it's important to his plans of world domination. And if you know what's good for you, you'll refer to him as 'The Nobleman Ravenstyl' like he commanded in his last company-wide email!"

Voldemort called.... (3, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28000095)

He claims prior Dark Art.

Did anyone else think of this (0)

mdarksbane (587589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28000323)

So was this the first thought for anyone else when they read this story?

http://bash.org/?111338 [bash.org]

Yes, this makes me feel like a horrible person.

Prior art? (1)

morethanapapercert (749527) | more than 5 years ago | (#28000389)

A description in a work of fiction is enough to discount the application as not being an original and/or non-obvious invention right? The first thing that comes to my mind when I read the summary is the wands Adele Mundy of Chatsworth uses constantly to interact with her computer systems.....
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