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Philips Reveals Tabletop Gaming Entertaible

Philips Entertaible is revealing its fully integrated tabletop gaming platform ‘Entertaible’ at this year’s Internationale Funkausstellung in Berlin. The multi-purpose platform enables a new class of gaming that combines the excitement of electronic games with the fun and social interaction of board games. Entertaible is based on revolutionary new technologies enabling simultaneous multi-user interaction, object detection and recognition.

Since the presentation of a functional prototype last January, Philips Entertaible has developed the concept into a robust and integrated gaming platform, operating stand-alone and ready for market testing. When given Internet connectivity, options like tournament games and network gaming become possible. The low-profile design pushes the technology more into the background, further focusing Entertaible on the new gaming experience. The seamless interplay between the real and virtual world brings board game playing to another level of enjoyment.

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Entertaible uses proprietary digital shape recognition and multi-touch sensing to interpret the moves of several players simultaneously. This generates a highly interactive, intense gaming experience where speed and clever tactics are essential to win. The simultaneous tracking encourages players to make their moves in real-time by dispensing with the need to wait for their turn, and allows participants – with practice – to plan moves in advance and react immediately to the actions of the other players. The use of physical objects like pawns and bats to directly manipulate the virtual world enhances the sense of magic.

Philips Entertaible is initially targeting social gaming away from home in locations such as pubs, bars, hotels or restaurants and plans pilot testing at several partner locations in Q4 2006.
The Entertaible platform demonstrated at IFA 2006 comprises a 32-inch horizontal LCD, multi-touch and shape recognition technology, BaryBass for small-form factor bass reproduction, and PC-based control logic, all housed in a robust table-top unit only ten centimeters in height. This allows the Entertaible to be used in a wide range of settings and lighting conditions, and the hardware to be custom fitted in furniture.