Rolomotion turns your iDevice into Wii-like console

By , Apr 17, 2013

Rolocule Rolomotion (image 001)

Pune, India-based Rolocule creates games for a living and earlier today the team teased an interesting solution aimed at bringing Nintendo Wii-style gaming to your big screen TV via Apple TV and some clever iPhone and iPod touch software. Rolomotion is the name of the game (pun intended).

It’s basically a dedicated app that wirelessly beams specially-designed games to your telly through the Apple TV while using your iPhone or iPod touch as a Wii-style controller.

The game running on the device reads data from the iPhone’s gyroscope, magnetometer and accelerometer sensors to make possible motion-based action via Apple’s set-top box. I’ve included a nice demo clip right past the fold…

Rolomotion, as they put it, strives to “make the Apple TV a complete portable living room console using iPhone.”

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Here’s a demo of Motion Tennis, the first game that incorporates Rolomotion. Rolocule claims the game has been optimized to minimize AirPlay Mirroring lag.

Motion Tennis will have a multiplayer mode, Rolocule confirmed.

I can see myself using Rolomotion on an iPod touch because it has a loop.

As for the iPhone, I’d be hesitant swinging it around out of fear it might slip from my hands and fly across the room. If I wanted to be really cynical, I’d say this way I could break both my iPhone and my plasma TV.

Rolomotion will live or die by third-party support and the company didn’t indicate at press time whether it planned on releasing a software development kit. The solution supports the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S or fifth-gen iPod Touch running iOS 5 or later and, of course, requires the second or third-gen Apple TV.

Rolocule Games also has several sports titles available for the iPhone and iPad.

If Rolomotion has piqued your interest, you can sign up for the exclusive beta here or head over to the Rolocule web site to learn more.

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  • http://twitter.com/StJimmy80 Christian :P

    i can smell broken iPhones everywhere…

    • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

      “Well that escalated quickly” – says the guy who threw his iPhone through the living room window.

      • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

        LMFAO. I vote for this comment to be the comment of the week

      • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

        Thank you Sebastien LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

      That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking- who on Earth would swing such an expensive device and risk it to be thrown away? I live in a country where I had to pay USD 1500 to go from an iPhone 3Gs to an iPhone 5. Although I like the whole idea, I won’t risk it. :( But that’s just me, great product anyway… :)

  • SkyFall

    Well this looks awesome…until your iPhone becomes one with the TV.
    No seriously it’s awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zach.ihle Zach Ihle

    ‘naturally swinging the phone like a tennis racquet’

    awesome

  • Borsato92

    Who ever set up that Wii in the video did it horribly wrong; thus making me not think this company knows anthing about gaming…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002136300838 Michael Hulet

      Well, now we know why they’re not a hardware company! Their game is all software, and that’s a good thing, because my 4 year old sister set up my first Wii better than that

  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    no thanks i would rather buy a wii at that point….

  • helloo

    Setting up consoles is a tedious process and if you wanna play your games at your friends place all you have to do is make sure you have friends that have an apple TV then you can play anywhere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamestrenda James Edward Trenda

    I’ll stick with the PS3 for serious gaming thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattoligy Matt Taylor

    These guys are ahead of the hardware! This is an AWESOME concept but in reality it’s the hardware (iPhone) that will let it down! And the drain on what is already a terrible battery life!

    The breakthrough in technology will happen when a new form of power is standardised, like fuel cell batteries that last for weeks or even months at a time! When those bad boys are in iPhones there will be no limit on the power of the components that can be used!

  • Bing Beta

    This is not original this has been done before. just not with motion