Video gamer publishers Gamious (responsible for the Game Train back in 2011) announced a new partnership with Philips uWand in an effort to “bring camera-based direct pointing remote control technology, to bring same-screen multiplayer gaming to Smart TV for the first time.”
CEO of Gamious Pim Bouman said “Thanks to our partnership with Philips uWand we can now enter the Smart TV market, something that simply wasn’t possible with the controllers that are now provided with Smart TVs. Other pointing control technologies we have experimented with do not deliver the right experience for gaming. Now, on Smart TV, we can give players the same immersive experience that they’ve come to expect from console based gaming and new mobile platforms.”
Philips has enhanced its direct pointing technology to enable up to four uWand equipped remotes to be used simultaneously and to individually control distinct on-screen elements. To demonstrate this, Gamious’ latest title, Dark Day LA, will be multi-playable at the uWand booth at IBC 2013. In the game, one player assumes the role of a vampire trying to mingle with the crowds, while the other is a police sniper tasked with tracking the vampire down.
The uWand technology uses an infra-red camera embedded within the controller, which monitors the remote’s position with a beacon on screen. Because of this, the cursor aims exactly where the controller is pointing, and 4 controllers can be monitored at once, making it ideal for multiplayer gaming.