Set to be unveiled and used by participants at the eagerly anticipated Prague Mind Sports Festival (http://www.praguemindsportsfestival.com/)
Costing in excess of £20,000 to produce, the system utilises custom built RFID technology in order to read the entire Scrabble board almost instantaneously (974 milliseconds)
“Our goal was to help bring popular Scrabble tournaments to life, whilst reaching a wider audience by capturing tournament play in a technologically advanced and engaging manner,” explains Dave Brannan, CEO, Mind Sports (International)
“This allows us to broadcast Scrabble in all its glory, interacting with viewers that share a passion for this iconic game and mind sports as a whole across the world.”
The Scrabble board consists of nine RFID circuit boards that house 225 RFID antennas, which read each individual Scrabble square. Each Scrabble letter tile has its own uniquely identifiable RFID tag embedded within (100 in total), with an RFID circuit board enclosed in each of the players tile trays to ensure that all information is captured and showcased to the online viewers.
The tournament play software, created by leading UK developers The Site Doctor (http://www.thesitedoctor.co.uk/
In addition to the technology integration, a great deal of work has also gone into the aesthetics of the new Scrabble system.
The board’s turntable unit has a carbon fibre finish and integrated RGB controlled LED lighting system in order to bring additional style and complete customisation to the table – a design which has quickly become a focal point of the festival following recent pictures being leaked via Twitter.
Whilst at the festival the new system will also receive in-depth review from some of the biggest names in the industry. Attendance of current World Scrabble Champion, Nigel Richards, has recently been confirmed as well as Canadian expert, John Chew, and Rachel Riley from Channel 4’s Countdown reporting from the event.
For more information about the festival and debut of the new Scrabble system, please visit: www.PragueMindSportsFestival.com