This is the world’s most advanced Scrabble set. Packed with LEDs, RFID sensors and fancy software, it’s the cutting-edge in boardgames — and it’s worth a cool £19,000.
Designed especially for the Prague Mind Sports Festival — where clever types gather to compete in a range of mentally taxing games — this board is designed to help broadcast games online, in real-time.
RFID sensors beneath each square — there are 225 in total — detect the presence of tiles which have corresponding RFID tags embedded in them. Software then scans the board every 974 milliseconds to update a live internet feed of the game, as it happens. The whole thing is clad in carbon fibre, and uses LEDs to dramatically light the playing surface, too.