IFA 2006: Philips refines its Entertaible interactive gaming table

Gadgets, IFA news

Remember Philips’ prototype interactive board game from this year’s CES? Well, they’ve refined it and its ready to face the public.

The idea of the Entertaible is to mix the flexibility of the electronic games arena, such as dynamic playing fields and varying levels, with the traditional social interaction of the board game. The Entertaible features a 30-inch LCD, sophisticated touch screen-based multi-object position detectors, plus supporting control electronics.

According to Philips Research spokesman Gerard Hollemans, the idea in the short term is to "reinvigorate established board game classics", then create "brand new games offering unprecedented levels of user interaction – games that would never become predictable or ever quite ‘feel’ the same twice, however often you played them."

You should get an idea of what that all means towards the end of this year, with Philips set to pilot the Entertaible in a number of public locations.

Philips website

Dave Walker
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