Camera-derie?

The new Nintendo DSi games console will be on sale in UK and US stores as early as first week in April. Here in the UK it is expected to retail for around £150, and will be available in any colour you like, as long as it's black (or white). It has already been available in Japan since November 2008, and has been selling like hot sushi (What?? - Ed.)

According to the report from Webuser, the new DSi still sports the familiar dual screen technology, one of which is a touch screen, but also comes with new features such as a 256 Mb storage space for games downloads. And get this - the DSi also has a pair of tiny cameras, one facing in and one facing out. Sounds like a cue for some cool videoconferencing, possibly in conjunction with Pictochat. Will the DSi cameras create opportinuties for some new forms of social interaction during games playing? Will DS gaming become the new social networking? What new forms of visual collaboration might emerge? We will have to wait and see. But I can't wait, so I will probably get one as soon as they are available in the UK stores. I don't have the yen to fly over to Tokyo, unfortunately. And I wonder if the excellent folk at the Handheld Learning Conference this year will be offering free ones for early bird registrations, like they did last year?

Comments

nirvanerd said…
Not sure I'm that keen on the idea of cameras pointing in, especially when the DS in going to be in the hands of a lots of kids...
Steve Wheeler said…
That's a good point Nick. I assume the DSi is only connected via its normal system-system wireless connections, so line of sight only. I don't think there is any online connection but I may be wrong. Someone may be able to confirm or deny this. If it is only system-system, then effectively the child would only be able to communicate with someone in the same room/close location.

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