Sifteo was first demoed at CES 2011. Sifteo describes themselves as:
"The timeless playability of classic games meets the latest technology to deliver a truly hands-on play experience".
Basically, each 'cube' has a tiny 1.5 inch, clickable full colour LCD display, motion sensors and a rechargeable battery. Additionally to communicate with your computer the Sifteo cubes have a radio which is used to relay information in the form of downloaded apps. Yes that's right, apps. The apps, which will mainly be games (after all it's a gaming platform), but I wouldn't be surprised to see some original non-game apps which will take benefit of Sifteo's unique design. As you can probably imagine, the cubes are so small and therefore do not have storage memory, that's why they need to sync with your computer (using the built-in radio). Games are managed through desktop software, likewise, games are also created through downloadable desktop software. One strong selling point is that anybody can create their own games and run them on their cubes. A few 'launch day' games are viewable on their website (see links) and take full benefit of multiple screens (up to 6) and the myriad of sensors built into each cube.
The release of the product is next month, Spetmeber 2011 and will set you back a hefty $149 for the starter pack (currently no other currencies are mentioned). An additional single cube can be purchased for $45. Up to 6 cubes can be combined together, for the better experience.
In each starter pack you will get:
- - 3 Sifteo Cubes
- - A Sifteo Charging Dock & AC Adaptor
- - A USB Wireless Link
It is also noted that a computer is necessary for play and gives some system requirements. They're not particularly high so it will run for nearly everybody, including children who may have an older, used, under powered computer.
Even if you have no interest in the gaming aspect, you may want to look out for some new unique apps and perhaps a fancy looking clock.