Automated Chessboard Lets You Play Against Anyone In The World
Square Off is an AI-powered board that can move the pieces on its own
Reminiscent of the self-moving chessboard featured in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, wherein our heroes mounted oversized knights and bishops to smash their opposition to bits, Square Off is an automated chessboard that directs the enemy line in a hands-free and clever manner.
While the AI-powered board game is far less dangerous than towering armies having a go at one another, the modern spin on the black-and-white battlegrounds is equally as exciting.
Dwelling just beneath the surface of the board, a two axis robotic arm, complete with a magnetic head, brings your invisible challenger to life. And, having clearly undergone meticulous design work, the set is programmed in such a way so as to avoid collisions between pieces when knights jump tiles or kings and rooks castle.
By adjusting the difficulty settings of the computer, players can improve at their own pace thanks to the training mode’s 20 differing aptitudes. Plus, if you have friends elsewhere in the world with the same set (or simply want a match against a human on the other end), you can play against each other with help from a Bluetooth-synced phone (used to transmit and decrypt data).
Currently available on Kickstarter, Square Off offers an early bird price of €199 (approximately $216 USD) and will eventually retail at €329 once the team moves from the crowdfunding stage to production and shipping. Having nearly doubled its goal of roughly $49,000 USD with over three weeks left to go, it’s clear that the product is a massive hit, and will likely come into fruition having surpassed its minimum requirements.
Shipments are expected to arrive in April of 2017.