// Dice +, a bluetooth connected dice to transform board games
As far as random number generators go, the traditional dice is about as low tech as it gets. Or at least, it was. Gaming startup GIC has taken it upon itself to update the old chance cube by outfitting it with LED backlights, anti-cheat roll detection and Bluetooth connectivity. DICE+, as the shakers of tomorrow are called. Although the digital dice promise compatibility with iOS, Android, Symbian, Linux and Windows, GIC has yet to announce what platforms will be available at launch.
Dice it’s an inch-sized cube with a soft-touch rubbery finish that’s packed with a Bluetooth radio and a rechargeable battery. For now, it juiced up via microUSB, but an induction charging version is also in the works. Its power cell grants up to 20 hours of continuous rolling, or a little over a week for non-gambling degenerates. Speaking of, the cube’s maker, GIC, said a major point of emphasis in the cube’s design was getting the balance of the thing just right to ensure the randomness of DICE + results — and it’s even spoken with casino companies about their tolerance requirements in that area. While DICE + may find its way onto craps tables eventually, for now, its maker’s focused on what it calls “powered board games.”
You see, while we’re all familiar with board game mechanics — roll a die/spin a wheel and move your game piece accordingly — they don’t translate well to the digital realm. People don’t trust a computer to give truly random results, and tapping a screen to “roll” dice gets boring quickly. That’s the beauty of DICE+, players get all the advantages of a digital board game, like animations and greater interactivity, without the aforementioned downside because it engages them in a satisfying, familiar fashion.
From now on, every tablet, smartphone, laptop or tv set becomes your portable tabletop game. You may play in any place you want and whenever you want. And thanks to the innovative solutions used in DICE+, Immersive Roll, the result of the roll isn’t displayed until the dice comes to stop. It makes your game even more exciting!
For now, GIC is in talks with both hardware and software developers to help DICE+ make it to market, and we were told that the response from the public and potential business partners has been overwhelmingly positive. Naturally, this means that we don’t know exactly when you’ll be able to buy a DICE+ of your very own, but we do know the company’s aiming for a $30 price point that’ll include several compatible games.
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