Microsoft waves its Magic Wand

Seattle wizard Microsoft has patented a device called the “Magic Wand”, fuelling speculation that it has surprises in store at the E3 gaming conference next week.

The device, according to the US patent office, is an architected that is aimed at interacting or managing environmental components in a housing that resembles a wand. It looks like it has more to it than mere gaming, however.

The device uses one or more sensors to show an orientation or gesture made by the wand and issue an instruction to to change the environment accordingly.

The patent says there’s lots of popular culture relating to magic, as demonstrated by Harry Potter books, the Lord of the Rings, and Dungeons and Dragons.

“A number of communities…are enamored withe idea of magic,” but the patent goes on to say even the most pragmatic person would have trouble with the merits of a magic wand that worked to control or communicate with objects or components in an environment.

The patent says the “wand” could be used or coupled with accelerometers, gyroscopes, cameras, range finders and biometric sensors.

You can find full details of the patent, here.