By Kevin Kelly
One of the coolest things I’ve seen in the world of board games was a version of Settlers of Catan running on the Microsoft Surface. But the only problem is that I don’t have $15,000 to drop on a gaming peripheral. Luckily, ePawn understands that, which is why they’ve created the ePawn Arena: a 26″ IPS screen that allows connects to your iPhone or iPad and bring a whole new world to the game table.
The demos they showed us included chess, air hockey, and a rudimentary version of Dungeons & Dragons, but I’m more excited about the possibilities down the road like an electronic version of Arkham Horror that keeps track of all the goings on, Axis & Allies enhanced by sound effects and wartime videos. There’s an endless amount of possibilities, and hopefully board game developers will embrace this technology once it comes out later this year.
For more visions of the future, keep reading MTV Geek’s CES 2012 coverage.