Back at E3 we got a look at Scosche’s smarROLL Bluetooth dice. Our reaction was basically a resounding, “Huh, that’s neat." Well, while it’d seem that Scosche is still on the hunt for developers to build things with their dice, the creatively named Polish company Game Technologies has started shipping their competing product, DICE+. A single DICE+ will run you $39.99 plus $7.99 shipping to get it across the Atlantic to the USA.
There’s a number of games that support the DICE+ already on the App Store, and it’ll be interesting to see if either the DICE+ or the smartROLL end up catching on. The iPad is a pretty cool device for board games, but just tapping the screen really makes you lose all the tactile feel that actually moving pieces around and rolling dice gives you. Bluetooth dice sort of solve that problem… But, is it a “problem" (massive air quotes there) in need of a $50 solution?
We’ll be very curious to see how these products do, to say the least.