OLED digital displays could revolutionize cardboard gaming

Traditional board games are currently on the uptrend as they take the digital step from the tabletop to desktop, but researchers from Canada’s Queen’s University want to go one step further by introducing OLED display technology which transforms individual once-cardboard pieces into a graphics-saturated mini-display, bringing together the tangible aspects of board games alongside software-generated action that is normally found in strategy games including World of Warcraft. These cardboard tiles resemble the typical white hexagons that can be found in Settlers of Catan, but the use of an overhead camera and projector will turn individual pieces into a mini-computer that can display animated video images, alongside triggering events in adjacent tiles. Looks like tabletop gaming could enjoy a new renaissance in due time if such technology becomes commonplace!

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