Thursday, October 25, 2007

Four Out Of 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets 07 Are Serious Games Vehicles

Serious Games leveraging big ideas for a better world


Via: Popular Mechanics - Breakthrough Awards 2007

Popular Mechanics' third annual innovation celebration, is honoring eight inventors and ten products -"The 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets of 2007".

Coincidentally, or not, I had previously dedicated a post to at least three of these gadgets, as potential vehicles for Serious Gaming.

At the top of the list is the object of my prior posting Microsoft Surface: Serious Games At The Coffee Table .

Ranked 7th, is Nintendo Wii, object of Serious Games and the Wii Commonalities


Ranked 9th, Apple iPhone object of IPhone: A New Vehicle for Serious Games


The one I had not "blogged " about, and ranked 4th, is Ford Sync.



Ford has elegantly and inexpensively leap-frogged the competition when it comes to in-car infotainment systems.

Ford’s $395 Sync is essentially a small computer running the Microsoft Auto operating system that wirelessly integrates all of your mobile gadgets.
It enables hands-free phone use and has a universal music player that pulls songs from virtually any MP3 player. The voice-recognition control is simply the best PM has ever tried.

So far, the most impressive trick Sync offers is its ability to receive text messages and then read them to you. And Sync’s flexible software platform means it should be easily upgradable in the future. Sync will be available in 12 models by the end of the year and on nearly all Ford vehicles within two years.