Moves App Development into Hands of Individual PlayStation Players

By Ed Silverstein March 07, 2011

Individual players, not just developers, can develop apps for PlayStation, thanks to some new tools coming from Sony. software will be available for download this spring through the PlayStation Network.

“Sony is releasing tools that will allow players develop applications for the PlayStation Move all by themselves,” reported TechZone360’s Chris DiMarco.

Specifically, Move.Me is a server application that runs on Play Station3. It lets those on PS3 “experiment” with PS3’s motion controls.

Sony Computer Entertainment Senior Engineer John McCutchan noted on the Sony blog that "Move.Me sends the complete state of the PlayStation Move and navigation controllers to the PC, giving you the exact same data that licensed developers typically have access to."

He further explains that Move.Me “provides academics and hobbyists access to PlayStation Move’s technology, enabling them to create entirely new applications using a PC, the Move motion controller, the PlayStation Eye, and the power of the PlayStation 3 system.”

“We see Move.Me as an opportunity to satisfy the need for new, innovative interactive technology in fields like academia, healthcare, and more, as well as to support new developers and inspire applications that we could never have imagined,” he added in the blog post. “We hope it will be used to discover new ways of connecting individuals with information, and maybe even discovering a new healthcare application or two. We know that some of you out there are aspiring software developers yourselves and we’re eager to see what kinds of applications Move.Me inspires. Maybe an aspiring developer like you will create the next big thing with PlayStation Move!”

Sony says the hardware can be used for:

  • Games or tools aimed at children related to proper fitness and nutrition;
  • Sports physiology and fitness training;
  • Music and other creative arts;
  • Child-friendly programming interfaces for computer/technology classes or individual learning;
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Ed Silverstein is a TechZone360 contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Contributor

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