Cabe, this is a cool invention. The ARM processor brings lots of processing power and the sensors make for lots of interesting combinations. If it is Bluetooth, it will work with PCs that have Bluetooth, or a Bluetooth dongle. Then, it's just a matter of the software.
It will be interesting to see what types of integrated games can be built.
Well this certainly adds a whole new dimension to games. It's amazing to see the range of applications, and not just practical ones, that can be invented with some of these new technologies. I wonder what impact this could have on games like casino dice rolling, something my dad has been into for a long time.
", and not just practical ones, " :-) Don't you just love these tech toys :-) I made a dice based on an Atmel ATtiny (8-pins, 1k of Flash, & 64 bytes of RAM) with 7 LED's and I thought that was fun. How times have shanged, now we have 32bit processors doing the same thing (well not really).
In the 80s' we made electronic dice using a 4017 decade counter and a 555 oscillator. Do I really need a 32 bit micro-processor to count up to 6? Does everything I touch have to connect to my phone so I can share my every waking moment on social networking sites?
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.
Elizabeth, I can easily immagine that an invention like this could take all of the "chance" out of games of chance. Just think of what you could do if you could roll sevens a hundred times in a row. Or if you could roll twelves every time. I don't think that anybody would be thrown out of a casino, they would exit in a box, though. Casino managers fight tough.
I did some work with a company that designed games machines for casinos/gaming venues. Here in Oz a company has to provide all SW source code and the downloaded executable for cross verfication ad the code is verified that it provides truly random odds. The access port for programming (or reprogramming) is secured so that it can't later tampered with. I imagine a dice like this would come under that scrutiny too leaving it in the hands of only a family who one would hope wouldn't cheat over a game of Monopoly :-)
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.
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.
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.
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
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 .
Seems one of the biggest engineering challanges in this device is balancing the hardware inside in all 3 axis so that the dice is not "weighted". In fact, electro-magnets and a small steel ball could be used to "program" unfair dice (password protected, of course). Pulling this out of your pocket in a Las Vegas casino is probably the fasted way to find the nearest exit.
I am amazed at how much technology they could cram in these devices. The first thought that came to mind was how long before these show up in the backalley floating crap games? A game of chance has been forever altered. I wonder how they stand up to being thrown on concrete against a brick wall.
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 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 :)
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