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"The future of <insert field>"

Posted on: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, at 20:56
Every now and again, someone will pop up claiming to have invented the future of this that or the other. A good example of this is Seagates Segway. Well this guy claims to have the future of robotic toys.

I came across this news story on Gameforms which is about a small company called Childlikes working with Nintendo to make some kind of Robot based game set up.

It uses all kinds of fancy technology to let you remote control little robot bugs around a playing field, and play numerous games like football and laser tag (which I assume means these bugs will come fitted with lasers - always a plus). I watched the video availible on the website of the things in action, and they seem to be very agile (also down to some fancy technology that the creator invented), which is pretty good since the things move around on 6 legs instead of wheels. According to the site, you will be able to control about 16 of the little bugs at the same time, though it will only come originally with 2, so obviously you'll be able to buy more (with different shells in some attempt to make people collect them).

So what does Nintendo have to do with this? Well, assuming everything goes according to plan, you will be able to plug your Gameboy Advance into the arena thing in order to be able to play more games, get sound, and all kinds of other stuff like that. Im not sure what else plugging in your GBA will get you, but its certainly an interesting idea.
The whole thing looks pretty cool to me, though im rather sceptical as to whether or not the things will ever actually hit the stores (they are still looking for someone to actually make and sell the things), but I'll definately keep my eye on it and see where it goes.

Leeds Festival is but 2 days away, and, after some last minute changes, the line up is looking even better than before. 4 days in a field, with lots of beer, lots of music, and 60,000 people? What could be more fun than that?!
Needless to say I wont be around for the weekend, but when I get back, I'll stick up loads of photos for everything to look at.


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