Chess has gone digital a long time ago, in 1957, to be precise. Since then it has evolved to be more polished and more challenging but one thing never changes: it being digital takes the tactile experience away. This is where GoChess wants to switch things up a little.
GoChess puts tangible back into a digital chess game by having, wait for it, a fully robotic chess board. That’s right. Magical self-moving chess pieces like those you read in Harry Potter novels or seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone have materialized.
Created by the maker of GoCube and GoDice, the connected dice, GoChess is a fully robotic chess board that can move multiple pieces at the same time. Just like a software version, it can set up the board for a fresh game which is kind of magical, IMHO.
It can challenge you with puzzles tailored to your skill level, replay, and rewind moves and games. You can also choose to play with an AI, or with a remote online opponent. In either case, expect the chess pieces to move on their own on your local GoChess board.
Also, like the software version, it can “save game”, remembering the current state when need to take a break and letting you pick up where you have left off when you are ready to continue.
The chess board features an advanced sensing and lighting system on each chess square that allows the board to monitor and record moves and provide real-time indications to players, such as optional tips, potential moves, scores, and more.
GoChess is powered by a rechargeable battery and is offered in two styles: classic and modern. No words on the availability and how much it will cost. But we do know it will be crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Meanwhile, you may learn more on the product page where you can also sign up to be notified when the campaign goes live.
Particula is offering a sneak peek at the GoChess at CES 2023. If you are there, you may find Particula at Booth #15993 at the Las Vegas Convention Hall from January 05-08, 2023.
All images courtesy of Particula.