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CES 2008: Reactrix develops Wii-like game system

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Jan 2008 18:35 User comments (5)

CES 2008: Reactrix develops Wii-like game system The software developer Reactrix Systems announced at CES that they have developed a gaming system intended for LCD TVs that will mimic the Nintendo Wii.
The system will allow players to "punch in the air to hit a boxing opponent or swing their arms to return the ball in a game of volleyball."

The technology, dubbed WaveScape was created for large advertising displays, intending to draw in new customers by letting them play an interactive game. The system has a sensor that keeps track of a person's hand and body movement so they can interact with the game on screen. Above the display was a sensor that kept track of a person's hand and body movements so they could interact with an on-screen game. The sensor can cover up to five meters.

"Our first application is going to be advertising and interactive signage,"
said Matt Bell, who is chief scientist at Reactrix and developed the system. "Our first roll-out of these displays will be in the second half of this year iys 150 Hilton hotels. They'll be a mixture of fun, interactive games and information about hotel services."

Bell also explained that new games take a month to create and mini-games take a couple of weeks.

There was no release of street date or a price for the system but Bell explained that they had no plans to launch a consumer version.

"We wish we did, because we want to get this to as many people as possible, but rest assured we will get there. At the very least, you should see one in a mall, a theater or a hotel near you in the next few months,"
Bell said. The company's initial systems and those for Hilton are destined for North America only.

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5 user comments

113.1.2008 18:54
LILBUCK
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WOW, there about 2 years to late. "They'll be a mixture of fun, interactive games and information about hotel services." WELL there is nothing more fun than information about hotel services!
If you own stock in REACTRIX sell,sell,sell.

214.1.2008 0:37

sounds alot like the eyetoy for the ps2 and ps3

314.1.2008 4:23

Originally posted by redrumbrg:
sounds alot like the eyetoy for the ps2 and ps3
it does dont it

415.1.2008 15:55

While the Wii/Eyetoy part of the idea is not anything new. I am interested about the "hotel only" policy.

Think about it. There is no way that this product could challange a console but it could be an interesting way to entertain the kids or maybe even yourself when you are in a hotel without anything to do.

Heck, it could be the first step to a more interactive hotel suite. That would be pretty neat.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 15 Jan 2008 @ 15:56

526.1.2008 21:07

This is the next market everyoner will break into and hop on the bandwagon :)

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