Sony reportedly has a pending patent for a 3D scanner that puts real-world objects into VR
Sony’s patent for a 3D scanner that can put real-world objects into virtual reality isn’t something new. In actuality, the listing dates back to June last year, but we have come to understand that the patent office actually told them to apply once again with a bit more documentation. It seems that the company has reverted back, indicating that they are serious about this venture.
The patent hasn’t been granted yet, but the documents reveal that the 3D scanner might be used to put real-life objects into the virtual world, or it can be used to better blend the real surrounding with the virtual one. Moreover, the user will be able to scan even bigger objects than just some small, handheld stuff. The only requirement is to be able to scan the object in 360-degree.
Please note that even if the patent is eventually granted, there is no real guarantee that you will see this technology hitting the consumer market in the very near future. There have been cases where the technology remains a concept despite it crossing the patent stage. One of the reasons for this is that companies secure patents in order to claim bragging rights over the technology, especially if another brand decides to act on it.