Digital Arts has promised to open patents for a few of its accessible applied sciences, together with the critically acclaimed Apex Legends ping system, the corporate introduced as we speak. EA says it won’t file infringement fits in opposition to any individual or firm for his or her use of expertise coated by the patents listed within the promise.
The ping system in Apex Legends, which permits folks to play the team-based recreation with out listening to or talking, has been hailed as each a shocking various to voice chat and an awesome accessibility characteristic for gamers with all kinds of disabilities. A patent protecting the system (US 11,097,189) was granted on the identical day as EA’s announcement of the dedication.
Together with the Ping system patent, EA is opening patents for the expertise it’s utilizing in Madden and FIFA to make it extra accessible to folks with colour blindness and low imaginative and prescient. The expertise contains automated techniques for bettering visibility by recognizing and modifying colours (US 10,118,097) and distinction ratios (US 10,878,540).
The Tampa Bay Play Calling Display screen in Madden NFL 21 with the colour blindness settings set to deuteranopia simulated as if seen by somebody with red-green colour blindness. Picture: Digital Arts
The dedication additionally features a patent for a “personalized sound technology” (US 10,878,540) that modifies or creates music for folks primarily based on their listening preferences and listening degree, though EA says the expertise has not but been developed.
Along with opening up a few of its patents, EA gives open supply code that helps repair brightness, distinction, and colour blindness points in digital content material. Builders can discover the code on GitHub and adapt or construct on it for their very own video games.
“We hope that developers will make the most of these patents and encourage those with the resources, innovation and creativity to act like us by making their own commitments that put accessibility first,” says Chris Bruzzo , EVP from Constructive Play, Business and Advertising and marketing a tea. “We welcome working with others to advance the industry together.”
EA plans so as to add patents on future applied sciences associated to accessibility to the promise and open up extra of its expertise.