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The Intellivision Amico: A Console Packed With Technology

The Intellivision Amico is a brand new console inspired by the Mattel Intellivision of the 1980's. It hopes to bring families back together.

Wireless Charging and Space Saving Design

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While the console has been accused of looking like a food massager or baby monitor, it has a sleek design which aims to be compact and space saving.

Traditional wired controllers are a tripping hazard and can often be seen lying on the floor. Wired controllers do not have a tripping hazard but are also added clutter on the floor.

The Amico provides a solution as its base serves as a dock for your controllers. The dock also has wireless charging and enables your controllers to be charged. The charging time is 2 hours and can get you 4-6 hours of gameplay.

This is a brilliant idea as it prevents you from losing or misplacing your controllers and helps you charge them while not in use.

Passive Airflow

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The Amico chassis was designed for passive airflow cooling. It has holes that are strategically placed in order for cool air to naturally flow in and for hot air to naturally flow out.

Cooling is important as recent generations have had issues with overheating. The most prominent was "Red Ring of Death" with Microsoft XBox360 which displayed a red ring when the machine overheated.

Versatile Ports

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Unlike many devices today, the Intellivision Amico does not scrimp on having multiple ports for added versatility. It has your standard power port to connect the console to an adapter. It also has an HDMI port that connects the console to a monitor. For added storage it has a SD card slot which helps upgrade your onboard 32 GB of disk space. For accessories, it has a standard USB port.

Bluetooth

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Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard used for exchanging data using UHF or Ultra High Frequency radio waves. It is the same technology used for wireless devices on your smartphone and for remote control devices for your television.

The Intellivision Amico used the same technology with its wireless controllers. This is a good idea as the traditional wired controllers are a tripping hazard and the wires also add to the clutter.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology

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The Intellivision Amico offers Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology. This is the same technology that is used in your mobile devices. It uses one of Qualcomm's 8 core chips.

RFID

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The Intellivision Amico has an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) reader built into it. The purpose of this is to be able to read information from the physical media Intellivision plans to produce.

This is a good idea as a physical cartridge reader or a DVD reader are subject to wear and tear because of the insertion of the media. This will make your physical media last longer.

Wi-Fi

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Wi-Fi is a technology that uses radio waves to communicate across a wireless network.

At home, all you need is a Wi-Fi router and wireless adapters to wirelessly connect to the router and decode the radio waves it sends.

The advantage of this over the standard Ethernet cables is that they are easier to set-up and do not have clutter. Setting up Ethernet in homes can be a nightmare as the wires need toi be installed properly as they are a tripping hazard.

The Intellivision Amico uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet and this makes it easier for the non-techies to set this up. Sometimes the router is far from the device so it is difficult and time consuming to set up the wiring. A lot of older folks also do not know what wires to buy and how to clamp down the wires to prevent accidents.

Wi-Fi is also used by the Amico to connect to your cellphones in order for them to function as wireless controllers.

All you need to do is download the Amico Club application on Google Play or the Apple App Store. This will enable your cellphones to be makeshift game controllers.

LED Lights

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LED stands for Light Emitting Diode is a semiconductor light source that emits light when current flows through a semiconductor. Electrons in the semiconductor recombine with electron holes thus releasing energy in the form of photons.

The Intellivision Amico has 40 LED lights in the console base and 12 on each controller for a grand total of 64. The reason for this is because Tommy Tallarico believes that light and sound make for an immersive experience.

He learned this through his many years doing his Video Games Live concert all over the world.

Polycarbonate Touchscreen

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Touchscreen technology became prevalent with the rise of smartphones and tablets.

The flaw however of the technology is most manufacturers use gorilla glass and this leads to breakage.

Tommy Tallarico chose to use polycarbonate. This is a synthetic plastic that is durable and scratch resistant.

It is essentially childproof.

Universal Serial Bus (USB) Charging

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USB-C stands for Universal Serial Bus Type C. This means that the USB has the ability to both charge and transmit data.

The wireless controllers can be charged via USB so you can plug it in anywhere. This is useful if you decide to buy more Amico controllers in the future.

Motion Control

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Motion control was a big hit when the Nintendo Wii came out in 2006 and Tommy Tallarico hopes to recapture this lightning in a bottle once more with the Intellivision Amico.

The Amico controllers have a gyroscope and accelerometer. These components measure your real-life movements and provide data to the console so it can translate it into the actual gameplay.

Let us say you swing the controller like a sword, the motion controls will then translate this to your hero swinging his actual sword on the screen.

Haptic Force Feedback

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The Intellivision Amico has haptic force feedback. This is similar to rumble technology or phone vibrations. It is where the game can enhance your gaming experience by having the control react to what is happening to you in the game.

Let us say you are riding the Millennium Falcon and you get hit by a TIE Fighter, your controller then will vibrate and make you feel you got hit.

This technology further enhances gameplay.

Karma Gaming Engine

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The Intellivision Amico has a Karma gaming engine which you can turn on or off. This is a "skill equalizer" which grants certain advantages to players of less skill so they can have a better chance of competing against players of greater skill.

Let us say that you beat your uncle in Pong three straight times, your paddle will become shorter in order to give your uncle a greater chance of winning.

Conclusion

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While the Intellivision Amico does not offer the latest and greatest in terms of technology, it has more than enough to provide a unique and fun gaming experience.

Video games are about having fun and not about frames per second, terabytes and teraflops.

To prove this point, the most popular games of all time were simple games like PacMan, Tetris, Candy Crush and Minecraft.

© 2020 Jan Michael Ong