Sifteo motion-aware blocks get in the game

Two years after being demonstrated in prototype form, the little toy blocks, which respond to each other wirelessly, are shipping in September.

Sifteo Cubes
The Sifteo Cubes first previewed in prototype form at the TED Conference in February 2009. Sifteo

If you're bored playing with the Rubik's Cube, you might want to check out the Sifteo Cubes. They're a set of 1.5-inch motion-aware blocks featuring full-color screens. You can shake, tilt, or rotate them to play games.

CNET's David Carnoy called the cubes "21st century dominoes" when he got a look at them at CES . Now, they're finally about to ship.

One of the many games featured resembles the 1989 classic Pipe Mania. This time, however, the game is more interactive as you have to physically relocate your cubes to play the game.

Watch this video to get an idea of how games are played:

Owners will have to install Siftrunner, the desktop application, before they can use the cubes. This application grants you access to the Sift store, where you can buy games and apps (much like Apple's App Store).

The cubes will connect wirelessly and you're ready to play.

You'll be able to buy the cubes at $45 each or $149 for the Sifteo Pack (three cubes, a charging dock, and other accessories). Shipping begins in September, but you can preorder the toys now.

(Source: Crave Asia)

 

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