23 Aug '11, 11pm

The game changer - TODAYonline

SAN FRANCISCO - Put Sifteo cubes in front of someone who has never seen them before and you will think they are reading the thesaurus. "Cool!" "Neat!" "Awesome!" This is because nobody has ever seen anything like them. Sifteo is a new "gaming platform", which is made up of white plastic blocks, 9.67 sq cm and about 1.27 cm tall. They also have a colour screen on its face. Dreamed up by a pair of Masschusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students, the breakthrough idea has three parts. First, the cubes communicate with one another wirelessly; they know when they are next to one another, and which side is against which side. (They do not have to be touching.) Second, they have very sensitive tilt sensors. Third, the top screen is clickable. These three simple ideas permit a huge variety of games. In one, you guide a cartoon critter along a path by tipping his cube so that h...

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