The Nintendo Wii proved that interactive living room gaming could be popular with people of all ages, at least for a while. Rolocule wants to bring the same idea to Android, by using your phone at a remote motion controller and casting the gameplay wirelessly to your living room TV. With motion sensors already an integral part of all our smartphones, combining the idea with the hugely popular Chromecast seems like a natural step forward.
The system works by running a game on your Android device and beaming the display to your Chromecast or Miracast Smart TV. All of the motion sensing is done with your phone’s accelerometer and gyroscope hardware, and this setup also enables dual-screen gaming options. Here statistics, menus, or commands can be presented on your phone for easy use, while the gameplay continues to be displayed on your TV. The video below shows off Rolocule’s Motion Tennis Cast game in action, where you control the swing of a tennis racket through motion gestures.
As well as Motion Tennis Cast, Rolocule also has Motion Badminton and Squash available for Apple TV, which may make an appearance on Android in the future.
These days, larger smartphones aren’t really ideal for waving around in your living room, and there’s double the risk of a technological disaster if it should fly out of your hand. Fortunately, Rolocule also has a working prototype using an Android Wear smartwatch, see the GIF below, which looks even more practical.
With more manufacturers moving into the Android gaming space, content casting becoming increasingly popular and the smartwatch market expected to continue to grow, there’s certainly a lot of promise and plenty of interesting content ideas that could come out of Rolocule’s design. Hopefully Google will continue to extend support for cast-ready software to enable more ideas like this.
If you fancy testing the game out for yourself, Motion Tennis Cast is available to download for free from the Google Play Store, with in app purchases.