Game pieces contain NFC tags which can store data and communicate with the board game. NFC enables game pieces to be tracked across the board.
The board game contains the application MCU which manages gameplay and controls connectivity with the host system and game pieces.
Host interfaces range from Bluetooth® Low Energy and USB right through to the humble earphone jack. The MCU and NFC reader manage communication with the game pieces, switches antennas and tracks their position on the board. Gameplay results are processed to create relevant visual or sound stimuli, or sent to players' mobile devices. Data can be transmitted via Bluetooth to apps on the players' phones, presenting further possibilities.
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