By Teney Takahashi, Managing Editor
Yes, even dice have gone digital. Poland-based Game Technologies SA crammed Bluetooth, an ARM microcontroller, accelerometer and temperature sensor into the DICE+ game controller, enabling users to unite their iOS or Android device with the six sided cube we’re so familiar with.
DICE+ connects to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, and provides a wealth of gameplay options. And since DICE+ knows what number you’ve rolled, the device eliminates much of the manual counting and piece-moving that can slow regular board games.
FCC filings for the DICE+ shows the device torn down, below. The device uses a circuit board that folds into a cube shape, while providing things like a USB connection and room for Bluetooth chips.
Clover Networks wants to remake retail with its all-in-one Clover Station. Unlike traditional POS systems that feature multiple parts that are hard to deploy and manage, the Clover Station comes in two sleek pieces, pictured above, that can be easily installed out of the box by retailers.
FCC filings for the Clover Station show that the device received approval for 802.11 a/b/g/n. Clover also notes that the Clover Station will continue to accept payments when the Internet is down. You can view Clover’s FCC filing here.
Clover Networks will sell the Clover Station through First Data. Retailers can sign up on Clover’s waitlist here.
Acer launched a line of Android-powered all-in-one desktops last month, and today one of the devices made an appearance on the FCC. The device has the model number DA223HQL and is sold as the Aspire Z3-600.
Improv Electronics’ Boogie Board line of products fill the gap between paper and tablets. Users can take and save notes on Boogie Boards, eliminating the need for notebooks. But unlike tablets, Boogie Boards are really a one-trick-pony; all the do is take notes, they can’t surf the Internet or check your email.
The company’s latest device, the Boogie Board Sync 9.7, arrived on the FCC today, pictured above. The device features a 9.7 inch display, which, like other Boogie Boards just displays one color. However, unlike other Boogie Boards, the sync allows users to transfer their notes to iOS or Android devices via Bluetooth. Saved notes can be shared with Evernote, or displayed on a PC.
Internal photos of the Sync are included in FCC filings, below, and show the device’s main circuit board and battery. Thanks to the Sync’s monochrome display, the device will run for a week on a charge, according to Improve Electronics, under normal use.
The Boogie Board Sync 9.7 costs $100 and is expected to be released soon. You can preorder the device here from Amazon.
Today a previously unannounced tablet from Lenovo called the ThinkPad 8 arrived on the FCC. Since Lenovo’s ThinkPad lineup has thus far included Windows-based devices, it’s reasonable to assume that this is an 8-inch Windows tablet from Lenovo, most likely designed for the enterprise crowd.
FCC filings do not reveal much about the device other than a tablet form factor, WiFi support, and an ID of TP00063A.
Last month, Lenovo unveiled an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet called the Miix 2, however as far as we can tell the ThinkPad 8 is a separate device.
Swiss watch maker Kronoz is joining the smartwatch fray with the ZeWatch, a Bluetooth-powered smartwatch that syncs with Android and iOS devices. Like other smartwatches, the ZeWatch provides users with notifications and allows users to control music. The device also has a built in mic and speaker for Dick Tracy-like calling.
You can view Kronoz’ FCC filing here, including internal and external photos, as well as a user manual.