Digital board game shown at tech show

Lewis Tyler

By Lewis Tyler

January 17th 2012 at 9:00AM
Digital board game shown at tech show

ePawn Arena replaces the traditional board with a 26-inch interactive screen.

A fresh digital board game concept was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week.

ePawn Arena has a 26-inch playing surface which recognises the movements of physical pieces and adds interactive elements to games.

The tech is made by enthusiasts of RPG and Dungeons and Dragons style titles and was designed with these games mind, but it can potentially play any type of game.

The ePawn requires a "computing device" to be connected to it and was demonstrated at the show with an iPad and iPhone.

Its French developers have also shown off a second product called screenLess Arena, which brings touch technology to a hard board game surface.

There's no word on a UK release date yet – but the ePawn Arena is slated to arrive on American shores in the second half of 2012, with a $400 (roughly £250) price tag.