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Recently made available for viewing is a lengthy 2010 patent filed by Nintendo in August 2010 for some type of illumination device, meant to be used with the Wii. The device looks like it would turn your TV into the sun from the picture, however the abstract describes the device as an illumination system which communicates with a server and emits light in accordance with a television broadcast image and/or audio. For more conceptual drawings and a brief excerpt from the patent, hit the jump.

The abstract portion of the illumination system patent reads as follows:

“An illumination system includes an information processing device capable of communicating with a server via a network and an illumination device capable of receiving a signal from the information processing device. The information processing device includes a reception portion and a lighting control portion. The reception portion receives instruction data from the server, and the instruction data indicates an instruction to cause the illumination device to emit light in accordance with a television broadcast image and/or audio. The lighting control portion outputs a control signal to the illumination device, and the control signal controls lighting by the illumination device based on the received instruction data. The illumination device sheds visible light in accordance with the control signal.”

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What do you think this device was meant to accomplish? Let us know your thoughts!

Source: Free Patents Online
Via: Nintendo Everything
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  • DeaderHand

    I wish that they would have actually gone through with that…

  • CommodoreLive

    Microsoft is spending money on R&D for just such a device.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IllumiRoom

  • Bluerose

    It makes me think of Philips ambilight tv’s.

  • Ryan Haney

    Can you imagine playing Mario Kart with that gadget? The track being on the screen and the wall would really be immersive!