// Sifteo, a new way of playing digitally on the real world
The cats and kittens at the MIT Media Lab are always on some next-level type of wackiness, and the Siftables project doesn’t break from that trend. The concept seems simple enough: a collection of small, self-contained input / display devices wirelessly link together to form an independent mini-network, or a control system for a PC. The cubes feature OLED screens, a 3-axis accelerometer, Bluetooth, flash memory, and a haptic actuation driver, and feature additional ports for attaching other devices. The aim is to create a more natural system for handling and displaying data, though we won’t be surprised if this is somehow incorporated into an even more realistic version of Call of Duty.
Sifteo is officially set to get your gears going when its interactive Cubes, up for pre-order by the end of today, ship out in September. The MIT-rooted project uses blocks equipped with 1.5-inch displays to create a variety of gaming environments mixing touch, motion and on-display content. Also announced is a bundled “Creativity Kit,” which enables you to make your own games on the fly. It was was briefly available to early adopters in January for $99.99, and now $149.99 gets everyone in on some good times.
You’ll receive a triplet of the oh-so-cute Cubes, a charging hub and a 2.4 Ghz wireless USB adapter for connectivity, as well as transferring Sifteo store apps purchased on your computer. Interest piqued? You’ll find details in the PR just past the break — unless you’re a square, that is. Check out the video to see the little guys in action.
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