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History of Gaming Control Devices

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Dominic Travis

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The History of Gaming Controllers Between the 1750s and 1770s, Japanese billiards was invented, which used thin metal pins and replaced the cue at the player's end of the table with a coiled spring and a plunger. The player shot balls up the inclined playfield toward the scoring targets using this plunger, a device that remains in use in pinball to this day, and the game was also directly ancestral to pachinko. A game controller is a device used with games or entertainment systems to provide input to a video game, typically to control an object or character in the game. A controller is usually connected to a game console or computer by means of a wire or cord, although wireless controllers are also widespread. Input devices that have been classified as game controllers include keyboards, mice, game pads, joysticks, etc. Special purpose devices, such as steering wheels for driving games and light guns for shooting games, are also game controllers. The history of video games goes as far back as the 1940s, when in 1947 Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr. and Estle Ray Mann filed a United States patent request for an invention they described as a "cathode ray tube amusement device." Video gaming would not reach mainstream popularity until the 1970s and 80s, when arcade video games, gaming consoles and home computer games were introduced to the general public. Since then, video gaming has become a popular form of entertainment and a part of modern culture in most parts of the world. There are currently considered to be eight generations of video game consoles, with the sixth, seventh and the eighth concurrently ongoing. In 1958, William Higinbotham made an interactive computer game named Tennis for Two for the Brookhaven National Laboratory's annual visitor's day. This display, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, was meant to promote atomic power, and used an analog computer and the vector display system of an oscilloscope.[12][13] In 1966, Ralph Baer made an interactive game on a television set. In May 1967, Baer and an associate created the first game to use a raster-scan video display, or television set, directly displayed via modification of a video signal. The "Brown Box", the last prototype of seven, was released in May 1972 by Magnavox under the name Odyssey. It was the first home video game console 1) When was the product invented?

The first controllers were invented in the 1700s but the first patented one was invented in 1947 while the most common modern controller was created in 1972

2) Who invented the product?

Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann - the "Knob"

3) List any existing patents

Patents on wearable controllers, virtual controllers that cover the eyes, motion controll

4) what materials were originally
used to make the product?

Plastic, lights, micro-chips, rubber padding and some circuitry.

5_ How was the product originally made

The first controllers were made simply by hand

7) Why were these improvements made?

to better the consumer and therefore sell more product

8) Who uses the product?

Consumers who wish to play video games for entertainment purposes.

9) what is the global impact on society of the invention and subsequent innovations?

Increase in research with technology including computers, wireless transmitting, micro-processing, and ergonomic design.

10) If you had the ability to change this product in any way, what would you change?

We would change it to be more customizable for the player. Questions Gaming control devices use Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.
-Mechanical Engineering: the physical part of pressing buttons and moving joysticks
-Electrical Engineering: the devices require electrical charge and energy to function
-Computer Engineering: much of the technology in a gaming control device comes from ideas used in computers and other such devices Engineering The most significant change over time in the gaming control device has been the change from connected or wired devices to a console to wireless control devices and motion sensor devices. Changes Invention is and original idea that is thought of and created, whereas an innovation is a derivative of the said invention. There is only one invention for a line of many different innovations. Invention vs.Innovation Impact Video game control devices have changed the way people live and experience entertainment. The development of gaming control devices has made video gaming more accessible in daily life and has contributed to modern life. http://www.google.com/patents/US6684062?dq=gaming+control+device&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BwtbUKWzIJTS9ATy34GwAw&ved=0CC4Q6AEwADgK
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