The Polish startup Game Technologies has developed dice packed with an incredible amount of technology for use with game applications.
The six-sided Dice+ is shaped like most conventional dice, but that's where the similarities end. The electronic die is outfitted with LED numbers (capable of displaying 250 million colors), an ARM controller with temperature sensor, a proximity sensor, an accelerometer, and a magnetic field sensor for orientation in a 3D space. All that technology is housed on a "3D-shaped cubed circuit board," all of which is packed inside a sound-dampening, abrasion-resistant enclosure that can obviously take repeated impacts while maintaining structural cohesion without damaging the electronics inside.
An exploded view of Game Technologies's Dice+ controller. (Source: Game Technologies)
The Dice+ interacts with mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones (no word on if it can work with PCs yet) through an onboard Bluetooth 2.1/4.0 connection with a 15-foot range. The die battery gives users approximately 20 hours of uninterrupted game play and is recharged through a micro-USB port hidden on the lip of one of the six sides.
Only a handful of family and party games come with the Dice+ right now, but there is a developer kit on the market that allows developers to introduce more titles in the near future. The Dice+ sells for $39.99 US, including one die, a micro-USB cable, a manual, and a carrying pouch.
i just received my Dice+ and after playing with it for a bit -- it's more like a video game console for board games, and a theoretically infinite amount of them at that. it adds a cool element to the game. plus you're still mostly interacting with the board itself, just like in a traditional game. "Rumble stumble" is fun to play with another person - it's essentially twister with your fingers.
it's a little larger than I expected, but I've gotten used to it. overall, thumbs up :)
I came across that this dice should be thrown from a particular designed height . If the throw is good and proper it will result in green light if not then it will end up with red light . The charging period for this dice is approximately 20 Hours .
According to me Dice+ will bridge the gap between board and video games , The question can come in our minds that what is the use of this dice when there are many other games in out tablets , mobiles ipads, laptops and so on, but according to me the use of this dice helps to make person realize that he himself is playing the game not the computer it is used to build interest or involvment of the player it makes the player realize that the game is in his hands
Thanks Cabe for this interesting post , Yes by all such posts we come to know where exactly the technology is going . Dice+ is really very good innovation and creativity . New technology has created and invented many things but i really liked the idea of reforming the old traditional games with the help of technology.
I just don't see how an on-screen version of a board game would be the same. Part of the fun is the board. And if you are not able to hange onto the pieces then you really need to waste money and buy another one. IT IS NOT THAT HARD to keep the pieces to a game, really. Except that those folks with the 3 millisecond attention span probably would have a problem. But who should care.
I actually love the concept. We've got so many board games with incomplete pieces that have gone missing over the years, so it'd be nice to have just one gamepiece for everything. Hoping for a greater variety of titles, but the tech/analog fusion here is neat.
That's the thing, William K--that would not only end up some people in very hot water at casinos, but could take the fun out of games. I'm not sure this is one area where technology need be applied, to be honest.
Your last comment I absolutly agree with. I hear what my wife says she sees on Facebook, it makes me want to put something on there of the daily belch after a glass of soda pop and and the dog just skooted etc, basically any silly thing I can think of to highlight how mundane that all is. I really shudder when I think of how self obsessed so many people are today. Anyway that's the last I'll say of it.
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