The robot chess board Square Off was a great device for that time. The system makes it possible to play a solo game with 20 different levels of difficulty or to challenge someone remotely chess.com. I met the Mumbai-based startup a few CES ago and was quite impressed with the execution.
Given the massive global isolation from the COVID 19 pandemic, the company has now introduced a video calling feature. With the connected app, players can connect with each other worldwide. It's not quite like having another person on the other side of the board, but in these difficult times and all of that, we'll take what we can get.
"The locks have motivated people to rediscover their passion and the chess community is growing," said CEO Bhavya Gohil in a press release. “The most recent addition to the video calling feature has been the call of the hour, and we're excited about the response. The experience of the networked board game is one step ahead. We are constantly working on innovations to provide the fundamental gaming experience. "
The company claims to have seen a 30% increase in board time since the pandemic began. For those interested, there are currently a number of different board configurations on the Square Off website.