A Hong Kong-based game development company has invented a device that can turn your average daily commute into a real-life video game.
The Baen Project has been quietly working on its brand-new piece of hardware that it’s looking to bring to the market, and which it claims will claim the way we interact with our cars.
Dubbed the Baen Cube, the tiny device is a box-shaped piece of electronic hardware that plugs into the car’s diagnostic port, which gathers vehicle data and transmits to a mobile via Bluetooth.
The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this week in order to raise funds for the production of the hardware, while another will follow for the game.
Via the campaign page, the Cube can be bought for just £13 for the first 300 supporters before the price jumps to £26, and it’s expected to be delivered by February next year.
James Cheung, founder of the Baen Project, said that the concept was inspired by sitting in slow boring traffic, which can detract from the fun of a car.
He said: “We believe that every car owner is entitled to his or her car data and we want provide an easy way for owner to access those data securely. We also believe that driving is more than just a process of getting from point A to point B; driving can be so much more.”
The Baen Cube takes basic data like fuel use, travel distance and other information, where it’s uploaded to the cloud and used by developers for personalised games controlled by your driving.
As well as that, the company also plans to release the software it uses, so that technologically-inclined drivers can create and customise their very own games.
Before that, the Baen Project plans to build their own in-house game by next year, which will use the car’s GPS location to record movement as you make your way about your travels.
Virtual battle machine
Mixing the real world with a virtual one, the game transforms your everyday car into a virtual battle machine, which collect items and weapons, pass checkpoints and even play competitively against other players.
Although there are obvious safety concerns with a game designed to be played while you drive, the Baen Project has made assurances that it’s simply based off car data and can’t be interacted with while driving.
The developer has put in features to prevent drivers from actually using the screen while in motion; it’s only when the car is brought to a complete stop that users can interact with the game’s progress.
Jaguar Land Rover also recently announced its own version of a game you can play while driving as part of its futuristic Virtual Windscreen technology, which displays visualisations of other cars you can race while driving.