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Dice + – technology finally pollutes the world’s most elegant and basic plaything

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Most of the time technology is really awesome. It can help save lives, creates entertainment and generally can be a force for good where it’s needed. But sometimes, on rare occasions, it can get a bit too full of itself and start meddling in areas where it shouldn’t be. At all.

Take this Dice+ product for example. The oldest ever set of dice were excavated from a 5000 year old site in Iran, and it’s probably true to say that they existed even further back than that. So what do we do with this most fundamental of playthings? We stick a USB port on it.

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Yep, not content with letting things be, we have to digitize it, so it can run out of power, needs charging – oh goodie, one more thing to worry about in the mid-morning charge-up rota – and make it infinitely easier to break. What are we saying, have you ever seen a broken die anywhere? EVER?

So this Bluetooth compatible, rechargeable battery powered (20 hours a charge…whoopie), smartphone compatible playing die will let you ‘assure full randomness‘ and contains an anti-cheat algorithm – which is good to know. Yudhisthira would really enjoy hearing that.

The absolutely bestest thing about this product? It comes with a quick start guide. Yeah right. Priced at an odds beating $56.59 / £34.99.

http://www.firebox.com/video/3777

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


2 Comments

  • Game of yahtzee?

    £174.95 plus software.

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