I’ve written a half-dozen times before that our family is slow to adopt technology for our children. I prefer that my children play with real people than virtual ones. My kids don’t have email addresses. The running joke in our house is that they won’t get cell phones until they can afford the monthly bill. The only TV they’re allowed watch is PBS and even that is severely limited. When we decided to get a gaming system, we purposely picked a Wii because of it’s focus on physically active, family friendly games. Still, we have an entire closet of board games compared to a dozen Wii games.
So colored me surprised when I fell in love with Sifteo game cubes. The San Francisco based company is all about an intelligent high-tech gaming device. But this device, unlike others on the market, is not about passive play. This is completely interactive. Silicon Valley Mamas had the opportunity to meet Sifteo’s President, Dave Merrill, and members of his team at BlogHer in New York. The private event showcasing their new game cubes (available now for pre-order; to launch in November) was one of the highlights of my trip.
Sifteo’s game cubes are like old fashioned fun with 21st century magic. Sifteo Cubes are motion-aware 1.7-inch blocks with full-color touch-sensitive screens. The cubes communicate wirelessly and respond to each others proximity and players’ gestures during gameplay. Tilt, flip, shake, neighbor, press! The tactile nature of the cubes creates intelligent play – a gaming experience that will get minds and hands moving. The new next-generation Sifteo Cubes are completely portable and feature enhanced technology and deeper gameplay.
This gaming device marries my traditional core values with the high-tech world that thrives in Silicon Valley. I know that my kids will love these cubes. I can’t wait to see how we as a family can have a high-tech board game night with Sifteo.
Disclosure: Sifteo invited me to a private event in New York to get a sneak-peak at their next generation gaming cubes. Believe me, it takes more than a free drink and some appetizers to get me to write about a company. I was so enthralled with playing with the games (and competing with my blogger friends) that I was one of the last ones to leave the event. The opinions expressed here are mine alone.