>> Sunday, October 7, 2007
The Roller Controller from Philips Interactive Media, developed in conjunction with the Children’s Television Workshop, was "kid tested to determine the right combination of toy-like appearance and natural functionality for introducing children to interactive television." That's a mouth full, but in short it's a fantastic device to play shooters like Chaos Control and Solar Crusade with.
Along with the other great CD-i peripheral (I'm talking about the CD-i Peacekeeper Gun) It's very shock proof and it feels very robust. Designer "Ideo" put the original game idea into practice: "The CD-i Roller Controller, Philips' kids controller, was designed after extensive studies made by CTW among others and was build by Kun Ying Enterprises (Genius). The CDI 22ER9012 Roller Controller is the ideal CD-I command device for children, ages two-and-one-half years and older. The ergonomic design makes it easy to use with either hand. By simply rotating the ball, you move the cursor across the CD-I display screen to point at any desired feature, then select the feature by pressing one of the action buttons."
More about CD-i controllers? Check the third party CD-i controller post or the CD-i prototype controller post.
The most interesting news is that in conjunction with some Philips people some students from the Dutch University developed an unofficial follow-up to the Roller Controller, classically named "Roller Controller" as well: "The Roller Controller is a new way to play computer games. The winner's reasoning was that kids are spending a lot of time playing computer games which leaves the kids without much physical exercise. So they came up with the Roller Controller: a 'skippyball' on which the player has to sit and by moving his legs and arms en his body, he can play the game. Several companies have already shown some interest in the Roller Controller."
Thanks to Ideo and Gamemind