Jochen Winker




Play is a digital, interactive console for classic board, card and party games. In addition, new innovative games are made possible by Play.

Play consists of three components: the board, the game pieces and the PGA (Personal Game Assistant). The PGA displays relevant information to each player and allows further interactions such as rolling dice or drawing cards through various sensors.

An internet connection allows you to download new games and rate them in an online community or play with friends. It is possible to save games and scores on the integrated hard disk at any time.

The joint play, the haptic experience through game pieces and the physically immediate interaction of classic board games are retained. 

We created this concept several months before the first iPad was introduced from Apple.

Student project, 4th semester

University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd

Project team
Stefan Kraiss (Kuzaj)

Prof. Jörg Beck

July 2009



With „play“ you can play almost all well-known board, board and card games. The digital technology eliminates long set-ups and you can start playing within seconds. Animations make the games livelier, tidier and clearer.

Play opens up new possibilities for interactive games. The digital board allows you to change any elements or even the playing field itself during the game. The game can react directly to the actions of the players.

The status and information system of the console shows each player when it is his turn and which moves are possible. It simplifies calculation tasks, for example by automatically adding or comparing several dice results.

This saves players valuable time and allows them to focus on what really counts - the actual game, together with family and friends.



The console consists of two game boards, 4 PGAs and 12 game pieces.

Each board measures 42 x 59.4 cm. This results in a total playing area of 84 x 59.4 cm. You can connect as many boards as you like and thus enlarge the playing field accordingly or expand it with additional content. For example, suburbs can be added to London in Scotland Yard by adding another board. The aspect ratio always scales the playing field proportionally. The game boards can charge the batteries of the PGAs wirelessly by induction.

The top of the game boards and PGAs are multi-touch displays. The PGA shows additional information relevant to the game on its display. For example tickets in Scotland Yard or roads and money in Monopoly. The PGA also shows playing cards, for example in poker.

Players can also roll virtual dices by shaking the PGA. The PGA is equipped with position, acceleration, motion, audio and brightness sensors. This enables a wide range of interactions.

The tiles are transparent discs. They can be used to control what is happening on the playing field. Parameters can be changed by rotary movements, these are confirmed by dragging. Depending on the game, the functionality and the number of pieces required varies.