by Team7

The bridge between tradition and technology, heralding the future of chess with ultrasonic sensors and customizable gameplay.

ChessMate program design combined concepts with "connect four games" and two-dimensional "Tetris Games" and uploaded it to a 3D model by leveraging some interactions, like distance sensors for adding pieces and Gyro for swapping the chess board in consecutive layers. It is different from the traditional chess board game. It completely transforms the traditional game of chess with its innovative sensor board. At first, players can allow themselves to play the game like never before by customising their experience by selecting their preferred colour through three pressure sensors. With each move, as players place their pieces, the board responds dynamically, creating an interactive and engaging gameplay experience. When four pieces align vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, a flashing signal alerts players to their imminent removal, intensifying the game's strategic element. Additionally, as different coloured pieces accumulate in each column, the anticipation builds until four pieces of the same colour align, triggering their removal and the subsequent filling of the column. This seamless integration of traditional chess mechanics with modern sensor technology enhances the gameplay and adds a layer of realism by simulating real-life scenarios, such as the board being turned upside down. With ChessMate, players embark on a journey of discovery, uncovering new strategies and tactics with each move. ChessMate provides an unparalleled gaming experience that combines the timeless appeal of chess with the excitement of cutting-edge technology.

Technical Description

ChessMate consists of three components - a frame, light strip and sensor [such as acoustic sensors, pressure sensors or gyroscopes] -- that make up its base design. Together, they create the desired experience of ChessMate for users, who can customise the colour of their pieces. Users primarily interact with its 5*5*5 frame product. The themed frame part consists of a frame and light strip containing 125 LED lights. The interaction component comprises five sonic sensors, three pressure sensors and one gyroscope.

Starting off, users must set the RGB colours of their pieces using three pressure sensors, and, once established, cannot be altered during any round. Second, the acoustic sensors will detect whether a user is making a chess move and automatically place that piece at the bottom of the cube, where if another colour piece exists, it will drop on top of it. Finally, gyroscopes are used to simulate real physical gravity. When users shake the cube, pieces will move according to gravity's laws; when flipping occurs, pieces change accordingly. For the light strip part, we used welding. To extend and widen the light strip and make its connection parts more stable, hot melt adhesive was added through welding for more security. In summary, our design incorporates acoustic sensors, pressure sensors, gyroscopes, and model and light strips. These technologies serve as a bridge between traditional and technology, giving users a new chessboard experience. We believe we can deliver what the user desires through these technologies.