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+26 1. FrankTheWank commented 11 years ago

Each board has someone underneath it with a magnet.
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+1 2. havix1 commented 11 years ago

Dont upset him or he will pull your arms of of their sockets
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+14 3. archis commented 11 years ago

I was hoping to see how they do rocade.
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+12 4. Pana (reviewer) commented 11 years ago

I watched till the end waiting for the board to rearrange itself :)
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0 5. Threeme2189 commented 11 years ago

How does it cope with the knights jumping over the other pieces?
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0 6. Thanos commented 11 years ago

#5 From what I can tell, while active pieces stand in the center of their respective squares, all "irregular" movement (captured pieces, knight, and presumably even rocade) takes place over the grid, -the squares' borders-, avoiding all active pieces. Bishop and queen, while moving diagonally, will encounter no collision piece in this manner, so there is no way for adjusting their trajectory.

As for the functionality itself, I have several ideas. My guess would be that there, underneath the board, is a robotic "arm" with an electromagnetic tip. This arm moves under said piece, turns on the tip, moves the piece, and then turns the tip off again (notice that no 2 pieces ever move at the same time, so rocade will probably be a 3 phase exchange something like: traveling the upper border/grid A to midAB, traveling the lower border/grid B to A, continuation on upper grid midAB to B);
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+7 7. krillemaster commented 11 years ago

#5 how about you watch the video and find out =)
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+1 8. stretchpadawan commented 11 years ago

What does it do when one of them rage quits, then flips the board...
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-1 9. Pizzathehutt26 commented 11 years ago

#5 asked a good question. I wondered how the knight jumps as well, since I sometimes use that as my opening move. The video doesn't show it.
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+1 10. Shelfen commented 11 years ago

#9 At 0:16 you can see one of the guys using an knight to jump over the starting pieces and the second board use the edges of the squares to move forward. :)