WEARABLE TECH IS HERE
AND THEY THOUGHT THE SCREEN
“It’s the last bastion of sci-fi that we haven’t really explored properly yet,” says Stuart, who suggests that smart watches might just be the next big thing.
There are rumours of an Apple watch – and its flexible touchscreen display – and while most industry watchers think the device will be centred on information (text messages, fitness performance and, er, the time), it seems inevitable that games will follow.
“We’ve only just started seeing what can be done, and are waiting for a big player to crack it,” Stuart says. Sadly, no one thinks the new Samsung Galaxy Gear watch has really done it.
“Wearable tech is a great way to supplement a game,” adds Phil Gaskell, creative director and co-founder of up-and-coming digital games publisher Ripstone. “It could be used, for example, to soak up daylight when you’re out and about, and then turn this into virtual energy for your Farmville crops by night.
“It allows game designers to record lots more information about the gamer than just thumb and finger inputs.”