amBX the future of gaming?

Philips think so...

Philips seem to think they might just have cracked the future of gaming with their new amBX technology, though we're not convinced quite yet. The idea of the new technology appears to be a method for controlling other devises to enhance the atmosphere of a gaming experience, changing lighting, temperature and even the flow of air to add authenticity to gaming experiences. It certainly sounds interesting, if a touch insane.

amBX apparently ushers in a "revolution in ambient intelligence," and is basically a system through which software can communicate with other linked-in devices to synchronise certain actions in tandem with in-game events. "Imagine the room of the future, where all electronic devices are amBX-enabled," the company implores us. "The treacherous road to Saigon will turn your room jungle green, swimming with dolphins will splash it deep blue, Halo jumps will turn your fans on full, lightning storms will strobe your white lighting, and attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion will blast on your heaters."

The technology will be able to control lights, heaters, fans, audio, video and even gaming-related 'furniture' in a bid to up the atmosphere of the gaming experience. "For games creators this is a fantastic opportunity: amBX expands the immersive experience by bringing the real world environment into the gameplay," Jo Cooke commented on Philips' behalf. amBX will launch next May, and Philips are currently in talks with peripheral makers about integrating support for the device.

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