A video game system backed by Lenovo dubbed “iSec” is scheduled to be launched in China in the second half of this year.
The iSec functions like Microsoft’s Kinect device and uses motion-sensing technology. Players’ movements are read by a camera, allowing games to be played with hand gestures and body motions. iSec will target the local game console market that’s barred to the popular devices that foreign companies like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft sell worldwide. Nintendo is allowed to sell a device designed specifically for China, but its more popular Wii system isn’t sold in the country.
The iSec is meant for families, and is focused on their health and entertainment needs. Its target demographic is the 200 million households in China. Games for the console are being developed by partners in China and in other regions like North America and Europe.
Eedoo Technology, funded by China’s largest computer manufacturer Lenovo, fully unveiled the console during a Friday announcement. The iSec, a name which stands for “Sports Entertainment Center” and screams for an Apple lawsuit if it reaches the US, will rely on Kinect-like camera sensing technology (another lawsuit?) to allow gamer’s body motions to be used to interact with games.
Some of the games shown during Friday’s announcement focus on exercise, including ones that require users to perform workout movements, or even Chinese martial art actions, to play the game. Others were sports and adventure games involving skateboarding or fighting monsters. The device also acts as a home entertainment system to watch movies and surf the Web, and also allows users to sing karaoke songs.
It’s rumoured to cost more than the Wii but less than the Xbox 360 (US$150-$200).