Researchers at Canada’s Queen’s University have been working on the most seemingly harmless of technologies, board games. They are taking a little different approach from the Microsoft Surface gaming project though.
By using a projector and a camera mounted above the table, gamers would be able to move panels around and interact with the environment. Even the way a player moves the panels would influence the action of the game. The video shows troops being deployed from a craft to the shore simply by tilting the tile towards the designated area. While the current system is limited to the ceiling mounted projector, future versions could use OLED or E-Ink style media as that technology matures. I have to admit the though of playing Risk on this system definitely appeals to me.