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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Roll Up USB Chess Set

Please don't set up your board this way!

I'm not sure that it offers an advantage over present chess software or online chess sites, but I came across this TechDigest note about a rollup chess board that comes with a USB attachment to connect with your computer. The post claims that:

"The roll-up chess set connects to your PC, and has sensors in each of the board squares which let the companion application know what pieces you're moving where. You can play against the computer, and it records your game and gives hints on demand. Or you can just play a friend, and have the program record it for posterity."

A look at the photo above (reproduced from the TechDigest post) will show that the board is set up wrong and the moves played aren't exactly from a standard opening!

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