Sifteo Cubes, an interactive game system that appeals to both kids and adults, has just gotten a big upgrade — making it perfect for your next family game night.
The tiny cubes have 1.5-inch LCD screens with built-in accelerometers. They respond to movement like shaking, flipping and tilting to display their content. The cubes connect wirelessly to each other, exchanging information like numbers and colors so you can play puzzle games or tackle number equations.
As you change the content on one screen, it sends info to the others, causing them to either change color or content as well, depending on the game.
What’s exciting about the next-gen gaming cubes is the new Sifteo Base. Before, you had to be near a computer or laptop to play, but the base, which stores all the info you need, makes this game play truly portable. It stores the games and wirelessly communicates with the Sifteo Cubes.
Sifteo has also announced a partnership with Nickelodeon, meaning popular characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be appearing in upcoming games. Previously, the offerings were mostly puzzle games like Word Caravan and Code Cracker.
The cubes themselves run off a AAA battery, and have a USB port to download new games directly to the cubes.
Sifteo came out of the MIT Media Lab as a research project, and were first introduced by Sifteo President Dave Merrill in a 2009 TED Talk.
The Sifteo Cubes game system comes with three cubes pre-loaded with four titles, and a free download for a fifth, plus the micro USB cable. You can pre-order them today for $129.95 Add-on cubes are available for $29.95 each. Look for the next-gen cubes to hit brick-and-mortar stores in November.
Would you play an interactive game like Sifteo be with your family?
August 31, 2012