Philips unveils new gaming platform

Philips has further stepped up its interest in gaming after it recently exposed plans to add light, sound, heat and even airflow to gamers’ experiences with its amBX technology (MCV 4/11/05), and now the company’s latest gizmo promises a new mix of gaming with the tangible playing pieces of traditional board games.

“Entertaible could be used to invent brand new games offering unprecedented levels of user interaction,” said head of Philips’ Entertaible research team Gerard Hollemans. “Perhaps most important of all, it will host electronic games that promote invaluable social interaction within groups and families. This contrasts completely to the solitary, isolated environment encouraged by some contemporary console-based electronic games.”

The new system is currently on show at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show in prototype form, and will be initially used in restaurants, bars and casinos with a view to a move into the home market.

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