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$2,426
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 21 2017

About

Chesstronic is a chessboard engineered for the modern age. It automatically records games, helps you learn, and allows you to play opponents across the table or across the world. In short, Chesstronic allows you to learn, play, and record chess like never before!

Piece Movement

For those just starting out, Chesstronic can teach you how pieces move. Simply lift a piece to see where it can go. Check and Checkmate conditions are also displayed on the board.

Real Time Analysis

If desired, Chesstronic can assist you in identifying mistakes and blunders as you play by using Stockfish to analyze the strength of your position in real time. If a mistake is detected it will be indicated on the board. Simply take it back and a better move will be displayed.

Takebacks

Chesstronic allows you to take back moves and pursue a different line right on the board. Simply undo the move and a takeback request will be sent to the opponent.

3rd Party Analysis Tools

Your games are automatically recorded using Portable Game Notation (PGN), enabling the use of awesome post-game analysis tools that sites like lichess.org and chess.com have to offer.

Play Over the Board

Automatically record every game you play, and display possible moves for beginners.

Play the AI

Find your match with Stockfish, a powerful chess AI featuring over 20 levels of difficulty.

Play Online

Square off with friends anywhere in the world, all they need is the Chesstronic app.

Play on Lichess

Connect to games on lichess.org, an awesome chess site with thousands of players online at any time.

Games are automatically recorded in Portable Game Notation (PGN), so you never miss an opportunity to learn from past games or revel in your victories. Any game may be reviewed on the board and annotated in the Chesstronic app. The PGN format also enables the use of the fantastic analysis tools provided by sites such as lichess.org and chess.com.

Design Philosophy

Our aim with Chesstronic was to merge advancements in technology and chess gameplay with the irreplaceable experience of playing on a real chessboard.

The Chessboard should be a Chessboard

We wanted Chesstronic to maintain the traditional proportions and feel of the chessboard. All the tech fits into a standard tournament size board, and configuration of the board and game setup is accomplished with our app—no screen or buttons on the board. And once the game is set up, feel free to put your phone out of the way while you play.

Make the Most of Tech

The phone doubles as a game clock when desired. Also, you can continue matches away from the board using the in-app board.

Play Naturally

Our sensory technology allows you to play like you normally would. No need to press down or fiddle around with moving the pieces just right.

Use the Pieces You have and Love

Most metal weighted chess pieces will work out of the box with Chesstronic, and any set may be retrofitted to work with aluminum foil stickers (sold separately, or DIY!)

The board connects wirelessly to the app and uses the phone's data connection for transmitting online moves. A lithium ion battery powers Chesstronic wherever you want to play.

The Chesstronic board meets the FIDE chess equipment standard for size while remaining as compact as possible.

All boards come with a set of triple weighted regulation plastic pieces, a bonus half set of Kickstarter green pieces, and a USB-C Cable with wall adapter (U.S. plug shown, but we'll be sure to send the right type).

Using Chesstronic is a snap just open the app! Your board will automatically connect, and you'll be ready to start or resume a game. The app also features an on-screen chessboard to use for when you're on the go.

Start a new game or resume a match
Start a new game or resume a match

Compatibility

Chesstronic works with Android and iOS.

Whether Android or iOS, we've got you covered
Whether Android or iOS, we've got you covered

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Risks and challenges

We've taken every step to design for manufacturing during development of the board, and we expect the manufacturing process to remain fairly consistent with our latest prototypes. However, at larger quantities, it is likely that some otherwise in-house manufacturing steps such as milling and PCB assembly would involve other parties.

Also, although current prototypes are only a small step from a production version functionally and aesthetically, more testing needs to be done to ensure robust performance and reliability.

We feel confident in our estimated delivery dates, and we will be sure to post updates regarding any concerns that arise as we move toward production.

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