Screens just keep getting better and better, as if they are no limits, helping us achieve better and better gaming experiences. This is why I’m sure Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) fans are just going to love these OLED-Screened Playing cards. Basically, this is how a board game could look like in the future:
And all this thanks to one new technology developed at the Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada that can allow that sometime in the near future we will be able to use OLED screens just like we deal with papers in the current day. They are basically trying (and somewhat managing) to put the bases of wireless OLED screens blowing your mind while at it. Check out a video below with the producers explaining more about the technology.
One thing that is fascinating about this new technology is that, while each OLED hexagonal screen can show it’s independent animation, they are “smart” enough to figure out if they are close enough to any other tile, and work as a single screen. This image below is just an example of the “coolness” such a technology could bring into our lives:
Although this idea sounds very interesting, they are still a 5 to 10 years away from perfecting it, but it’s a thing that these guys seem to be sure of. So if you believed Dungeons of Dragons is a dying art, this new technology might be the able to boost Dungeons and Dragons movement considerably, and maybe even reinventing the whole idea of board games (as you can imagine, the board game industry is not as profitable as it was a few decades back). While at it, one could notice that this is not the first attempt taken at bringing the ball back to the old school gaming: Liz Tan’s Nintendo NES Dress is a tribute to the games from the days when gaming was more of an art (as opposed to the technical approach some modern games take), while the Physical Interpretation of Pong is nothing more than a return to the video game origins.
Putting all the pieces together, I do actually believe that, as Roel Vertegaal, AP at the Queens University said: “this is no doubt the future of board games”.