Nintendo filed patent for “Bendable Joy-Con” for Nintendo Switch
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Nintendo files weird patent for hinged Joy-Cons-Polygon
Nintendo's patent application was published on September 5, 2019, the name of the invention is 'Game Controller', and the patent publication number is 'JP 2019-146737 (P2019-146737A)'. The patent applicant is Nintendo, and the inventor is Mr. Shuhei Fujita. Nintendo notes that it has developed a patent application to “increase design freedom regarding shape”. Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con docks with the main body in a sliding manner, so Nintendo thinks that it has the problem of low design freedom.
In the patent filed by Nintendo, the slide part that connects Joy-Con and the Nintendo Switch body is hinged and can be folded. Joy-Con (L) and ...
Joy-Con (R). It is designed to bend the rail part to connect with the Nintendo Switch body.
Joy-Con is bent about 20 to 30 degrees in the opposite direction to buttons and analog sticks.
It seems that only the rail part connecting Joy-Con and Nintendo Switch can be rotated ...
It looks like this when Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con are connected.
In addition, a figure with a design that curved the entire Joy-Con was also released.
Joy-Con is so compact in size that there is almost no space for new elements. Nintendo Switch Lite , the main body of the Nintendo Switch and the controller part, is one size smaller than the Nintendo Switch, so the footprint is small, and two functions, Joy-Con's HD vibration and motion IR camera, must be discarded Polygon from overseas game media pointed out. Therefore, “If a hinged Joy-Con comes out, other functions may be sacrificed,” says Polygon.