If you've been playing with Sony's PlayStation Move accessories and wishing that it were possible to develop your own PC applications that use the Move technology, then Sony is going to make your dreams come true. The company has announced a new server program runs on the PlayStation 3 that sends Move data to one's PC for homebrew tinkering and experimentation purposes. The PlayStation Blog has the details about the new Move.Me program:
So, what exactly is Move.Me? In short, Move.Me is a server application that runs on the PS3 system. It allows anyone with a PS3 to experiment with motion controls and is officially sanctioned and supported by Sony Computer Entertainment. 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.
What does this mean to you? 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. 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.Move inspires. Maybe an aspiring developer like you will create the next big thing with PlayStation Move!
It's fascinating stuff and I'm looking forward to seeing what creative folks out there can create given enough time and inspiration. I'm especially glad to see that Sony still wants to support creative individuals despite the fallout from removing the OtherOS function from the PlayStation 3 and the resulting hacker war that's following from the private cryptography key incident. I can't say that I'll be doing anything with Move.Me myself, but I'll be watching for projects made by people who do. At least, I will until Sony discontinues the program for security reasons.