Although "gaming" today usually means the mobile, PC or console variety, there's still much fun and/or chaos to be had at the tabletop. The latest accessory for cards, board games or fantasy adventures may be one of the coolest and feature-filled. With the snap of one's fingers or a bang against the table, Boogie Dice will roll themselves.
Dice have been around since at least the 24th century BCE, and this isn't the first instance of a company attempting to modernize them with modern technology. But unlike Scosche's smartROLL and Game Technologies' Dice+, which are Bluetooth-enabled and meant more for mobile devices, Boogie Dice replace standard dice for all of your favorite games. The big difference is that Boogie Dice are designed to be sound-activated and self-roll on command.
Each six-sided, 25 mm square Boogie Dice is packed with a vibration motor, microphone, microprocessor, rechargeable battery and a trio of LED lights. Users will be able to program settings for sound sensitivity, roll duration, LED behavior and more through either the mobile app (iOS and Android compatible) or website. And since Boogie Dice are programmed by sound, so there's no need to pair or plug anything in. When placed on the included charging station, the dice take about 40 minutes to fully-charge, which is good for up to 30 minutes of continuous rolling or 500 activations.
Don't feel like reaching or passing dice across the table? Need a built-in timer for those who take too long of turns? Or maybe you fancy yourself as a devious DM (dungeon master) that initiates encounters with a double-clap of hands? The Boogie Dice can make games a little more exciting and inventive. And if the battery runs out, you can still roll them like any other.
The Boogie Dice campaign is currently funding on Kickstarter, having raised 91 percent of its US$50,000 goal in just 8 days, with another 36 days left to go. A pledge of $22 gets you one pair of Boogie Dice and a double charger (plus any and all stretch goals that the campaign meets). A pledge of $45 also includes the Bots Battleground card game (3-6 players ages 8+), which utilizes Boogie Dice's unique features.
If production and optimization go as planned, backers can expect shipments of Boogie Dice to start sometime in March, 2016.
Check out the Kickstarter video below to see Boogie Dice in action.