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Sifteo Cubes Update

Posted: August 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Gaming, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Übergadget | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Sifteo Cubes Update

Sifteo CubesAround the same time last year we announced the immanent release of Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Play – Sifteo Cubes! The New Face of Smart Games – a clever little system where the timeless concept of building blocks where given a thoroughly modern makeover. Überclever cubes sporting a touch-sensitive color LCD display, onboard sensing technology, embedded computer, games, puzzles sent wirelessly from a handy PC or laptop.

Sifteo’s clever system has just been treated to an update.

The addition of a new Sifteo Base to the system allows players of the next generation system to venture beyond the radio range of the previous version. The maximum number of cubes available for gameplay has also been doubled for more complex puzzles, to unlock new levels or just to get more family members involved in the action.

The addition of the Sifteo Base completely eliminates the need for a nearby computer during gameplay by allowing game storage on the compact unit itself and wirelessly communicate with the Cubes. The base is battery-powered for portability as well as featuring built-in speakers for in-game audio.

Punters can buy and add games to the base unit using Sifteo Sync desktop software  – via pc –  as the name suggests, the new games automatically download to the Sifteo Base when it’s plugged into your pc ::::

Sifteo Base and Cubes

The original system supported the shaking, tilting, flipping, wiggling, sliding or stacking of up to six 1.7-inch (43 mm), motion-aware Sifteo Cube blocks at any one time but the next generation system has expanded that to 12. Each cube boasts a 32-bit ARM processor, a full-color touch-sensitive LCD display, proximity sensors and a 3-axis accelerometer, and is powered by an AAA-type battery, that should last for over 10 hours.

Sifteo has also revealed a new partnership with Nickelodeon, which will result in the release of four new games for the system. The first of those will be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Slide, that’s scheduled for release in November. The company has also partnered with creator of the card game Magic: The Gathering, game designer Richard Garfield, to create a new game for early 2013.

Sifteo Update

Third party developers and design studios will get their chance to create and publish Sifteo games and applications with the release of a new software development kit on October 1 this year.

Sifteo Update 2012 Full Kit

This update contains a really neat amount of swag, like the previous version, this new generation of Sifteo Cubes will ship with three cubes, however the new Sifteo Base with built-in speaker will also be included – as well as having 4 new titles pre-loaded. Five AAA batteries, a micro USB cable and a soft carry case have also been thrown in just to keep that smile on your dial.

It’s up for pre-order now for US$129.95, with a November 2012 shipping. Add-on cubes are priced at $US29.95 each.

Check: www.sifteo.com

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