The China Hi-Tech Fair is taking place in Shenzhen this week, and among the gadgetry being shown to attendees is a Kinect-like motion sensing unit built for games called the i-dong.
Developed by Taishan Online Technology Co Ltd., the i-dong (as reported by Tech-On!) is not a new console but, rather, a peripheral that can be used with other devices, such as PCs and set-top boxes.
i-dong comes in two parts: a thin black sensor unit with a camera and IR lights (imagine something directly in-between a Wii sensor bar and a Kinect), and a one-handed wand controller (right). The i-dong controller has buttons and a spherical top, which Tech-On! says is used to reflect light from the IR lights coming from the sensor unit. It is also possible to play games with a button-less IR light reflector that can be attached to other peripherals. One demonstration has the reflector attached to a ping-pong raquet.
The unit is being demonstrated this week as both a game-playing device with the controller, and as a way of interacting with multimedia, such as switching channels on a set-top cable box.
i-dong can be purchased in China for Rmb1,480, or about $222.89.