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The UDU handheld motion control console brings mobile gaming outdoors while making it more active and fun

UDU CONSOLE wireless gaming controller (Source: UDU)
UDU CONSOLE wireless gaming controller (Source: UDU)
With 27 days left in the campaign, 77 backers, and US$13,872 pledged out of the US$19,574 goal, the UDU CONSOLE can be already considered beyond the "Kickstarter project looking for funding" stage. However, it might take a while for it to hit the market. If everything works as planned, shipments should start in April 2023.

In a market full of mobile game controllers, there's still room for more, especially if they come with a twist. The UDU CONSOLE, designed by a Danish start-up, comes as the result of an idea that was born back in 2018. The company was co-founded in 2019 by former LEGO design and engineer Asbjørn H. Christensen and the UDU CONSOLE aims "to turn inactive gaming into an active and outdoor activity" for both kids and their families.

According to the official press release, "The UDU CONSOLE is the first console for mobile gaming which enables immersive gaming experiences that can be outdoors and active." The UDU CONSOLE is more than just a regular controller, since it features AI and haptics for gameplay alongside a crisp and clear color display, RGS LEDs, as well as the usual buttons and trackpad.

The UDU CONSOLE uses Bluetooth connectivity and will come alongside a software companion, namely the UDU GAMES app. The retail price of US$199 gets a discount of up to 40 percent for Kickstarter backers. The UDU Games app will have a monthly fee of US$10, but all backers also get 12 months for free. For more details, head to the Kickstarter page of the project, which is not fully funded yet (roughly 66 percent of the goal has been covered so far).

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UDU launches its handheld motion control console for an immersive, active and unique mobile gaming experience

The new console, available on Kickstarter, makes mobile gaming more active and engaging through motion control and AI and encourages time outdoors

Denmark, Copenhagen, 4th October 2022: Danish tech and gaming start-up, UDU, today announces the launch of its UDU CONSOLE and the UDU GAMES app. The idea was born in 2018 when co-founder Asbjørn H. Christensen worked as a design and engineer intern at LEGO and realised that almost all the toys and games that kids and people play, forces them to sit still indoors. From this, UDU was founded in 2019 with a vision to turn inactive gaming into an active and outdoor activity which the UDU CONSOLE aims to do for kids and families alike.

Compatible with smartphones and tablets and with games constantly being added, it is a console that will provide a whole new attitude and experience to mobile gaming and is already a 2022 Platinum winner of the MUSE Produce Design Award. 

Available on Kickstarter from the 4th of October, backers can gain up to a 40% discount off the usual retail price of $199 for the UDU CONSOLE and 12 months of free subscription to the UDU GAMES app (normal price is a monthly fee of $10).  Backers can expect to get the product in around April 2023 with general sale planned for the summer.

The UDU CONSOLE is the first console for mobile gaming which enables immersive gaming experiences that can be outdoors and active. With 81% of the world’s kids and teens not being physically active enough, the console was developed to tackle this problem. The mobile games that can be played with the console are controlled with physical gestures and the next level motion detection understands the players movements through AI and translates these into meaningful gameplay. This makes the games much more immersive, active and fun to create a gaming experience that is filled with learning. The HD Haptics also make it possible to feel 1:1 what happens in the games through the vibration of a sword as it cuts through the air or the flow of the brush as it touches the canvas – whatever may be happening in the game will feel super real to anyone playing.

Not only featuring impressive AI and Haptics for gameplay, the console has a crisp and clear colour display, RGB LED’s, a trackpad, squeeze button and trigger button to make every game unique and cognitively logical to play. Beginning play is simple and users can just connect the UDU CONSOLE to any smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth and use the UDU GAMES app to access a universe of engaging customised games – most of these based on geo-location - with hundreds of hours of social, learning and entertaining play for kids, teens, adults and the whole family.

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Codrut Nistor, 2022-10-14 (Update: 2022-10-14)