In an attempt to build out its gaming business, HP is expanding its line of gaming PCs and is developing a series of new gaming concepts.
At a company event on Wednesday in San Francisco, the company showed off new mobile gaming platforms, as well as PC-controlled projection systems and a touch-screen system built into a table. HP said that the prototype products typify its strategy to explore new avenues in gaming, along with improving the ways existing games are developed and presented.
One such product was "Misto," a home computing device that looks like a coffee table with a built-in touch screen. Misto would be marketed as a gaming platform for families and social gatherings. Users sitting around the table are able to view photos and movies or play touch-screen games.
Showcasing another product that came out of HP Labs, the company demonstrated "Mscape," a mobile platform that uses multiple sensors to trigger events on a mobile device such as PDAs, cellphones or portable gaming consoles.
Mscape's sensors will be scattered throughout a large area. As gamers approach the sensors, they trigger an event in the game. A sensor for instance could function as a bonus object that provides additional power, or serve as an obstacle or activate a puzzle that the gamer has to solve.
"We want our kids to get off of the couch. We want to get them into a more physical gaming experience," explained Rahul Sood, chief technology offer of HP's global gaming business unit and personal systems group.
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