Sifteo – the future of play. OK – so the slogan got me hooked, but I don't think I'm too happy with this being the future of play/gaming.
Sifteo is essentially a set of 1.5″ (inch) cubes with color displays that you interact with to play a series of challenging games (for adults) or simpler puzzles for children. They've not hit the shelves yet (expected mid-2011) but when they do expect to see many more uses besides games.
And in the current trend of platforms with optional apps, you can add to your collection from the Sifteo App Store (let's see if Apple sue them for infringement).
The 3D motion sensors in them allows you to solve puzzles by having the blocks interact – mainly by putting them side by side or on top of each other. They interact with each other and with your computer wirelessly.
The batteries in these blocks will last 4 hours, and when not in use you just drop them into their little charging dock that comes with your starter pack. You've got to be within 20 feet of the supplied wireless USB dongle when playing too.
Pricing is $149 for 3 cubes and the charging station, and up to 6 can be used at once. Additional cubes cost $45 each.
Price: $149 (comes with 3 cubes and docking station; additional cubes are $45 each) – Expected mid-2011
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)