Nintendo have lost a case against another company who make medical equipment in regards to their Wii remotes and the Wii U and the technology that’s inside both consoles. More specifically, the motion controls.
iLife are a company who deal with medical equipment and they originally sought damages for $144m as they claimed Nintendo used specific technology that they had patented.
The case has been on going since 2013 and now it seems Nintendo have lost the battle, having to pay out a hefty $10m (£7.5m) to iLife. They claimed that the Wii remotes and Wii U controller use the same technology that they developed in monitors that would aid in helping to see if babies or old people had had a fall or were injured.
Accelerometers are fitted in both the Wii remotes and the Wii U controller and this is where the problem has arisen, the technology tracks specific hand movements whilst playing which at the time of release was a huge movement for the gaming community.
Nintendo have said they don’t agree with their loss as they don’t believe the technology in iLife’s devices are specific enough to what they’re using, but the jury came to a conclusion and it seems Nintendo are going to be $10m down!
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