Rubik's Interactive LED Futuro Cube
Cube based gaming platform boggles the mind
- Tons of tech in a tiny package
- All the puzzle games you love are inside
- Developer's kit (see link below) lets you create your own games
What do you get when you take multi axis accelerometers, haptic vibration feedback, wireless connectivity, 4-channel audio and 54 multi-color LEDs and roll it into a handheld cube? A unique gaming experience unlike any other of course. What? You didn't know that?
ThinkGeek worked with our European friends Princip to produce this super cool gaming toy of the future. How does it work? Hard to explain but we'll try.
The Rubik's Futuro Cube senses rotation and tapping on any side. It can vibrate, play audio and dynamically change it's LED colors across any face of the cube to provide feedback. A dozen built in games then take advantage of these controls. What's more, buy two cubes and they can interact together. Not enough? Wait for the software development kit coming out later this year and program your own applications.
Here are some of the tech tricks your Rubik's Futuro Cube can do:
This feature is used for Gravitap and Rotoselect functionality, and has a lot of other uses. Ever played the classic game Snake? Imagine playing it on The Cube controlling the Snake using a tap – whenever you tap the Cube, the snake goes down.
The Cube tracks your motion to recognize patterns that are used as a game input. For example, to reset the cube, use a circular gesture.
The Cube's accelerometer can determine when you tap it. It also recognizes what particular side your tapped and whether this side was on top, bottom or one of the lateral sides.
Each side of the Cube contains 3x3 RGB color LED lights matrix, 18 LED lights total. Each point can shine one or both colors with varying intensity or not shine at all, giving three color options to design games with. Imagine Rubik's cube with only three colors. To solve it you need to have the same colors on opposite sides.
The Cube can play sounds and voice clips, too! Any game information like how to play, game feedback or your score can be conveyed audibly.
Early in 2013, Princip will release a software development kit so you can develop your own games and software for the Futuro. Built in are a dozen different games you can play out of the box
- The gaming device of the future in the palm of your hand
- Contains a lot of tech:
- solid-state accelerometer senses rotation and movement
- gravity sensor
- tap sensor
- 54 multi-colored LEDs
- vibration feedback
- wireless communication for competitive gaming (if you have two cubes!)
- 4 channel audio
- built-in rechargeable battery provides hours of play time
- Play games like Snake, Cubris, Sokoban, and more. A dozen games are included.
- Developer tools are here! Click here to download the SDK and for instructions on coding your own games!