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A Game Machine That Makes You Get Up!

Techstination feature for Monday, October 11, 2004

A game machine that makes you get up. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There are lots of people…especially young people…who spend hours on end maneuvering the controllers on PlayStation2 and Xbox game consoles. A new kind of console…the XaviXPORT…is designed to get them moving. You don't use those typical controllers…to play baseball…you swing a bat….you swing a racket to play tennis…or simulate rolling a ball in bowling. The system was developed by a group of Nintendo veterans who formed a company called SSD in Japan. In the U.S., project lead Rachel Woodland says…

"XaviX combines human interface sensor technology, for example we use photo sensors and infrared to allow your TV to respond directly to your actions. So for example, to play XaviX games, players are going to use real sports accessories to hit a pitch, return a serve or bowl a strike, and the system is going to respond to the speed, direction and angle of your motion."

It takes some practice to get the timing down and the graphics of the games aren't up to the same caliber of those for the PS2 and Xbox. Still, the games are fun….and do get you on your feet. They sell for 50 dollars each…and the XaviXPORT is priced at 80 dollars. With just three games available so far…it may be hard to justify the purchase. But Woodland says the small base system has capabilities beyond gaming…

"We're really looking forward to launching, in probably early spring of next year, products in our XaviX home line and education and entertainment."

Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.