This was bound to be produced sooner or later, and here it is: the Netgoban! Here’s the description from the official website.
It may be made out of any normal wood, such as Shin-Kaya, and it is connected to the PC through a USB cable. It detects where you place your stones, and it can indicate where a stone should be placed with a flashing light in the corresponding position. And it’s clever enough to figure out where you played even if you slide the stone over the board when placing it!
Netgoban offers plenty of new possibilities in many different situations:
– Automatic broadcasting and recording of the games
– Automatic time keeping
– Replay stored games and problems easily
– Follow broadcast games directly on the Netgoban
At clubs and classes
– Play online when no opponent is available
If i understood everthing right, then this is only a concept and not a retail-version. I wonder if they’ll implement even more useful stuff to later versions. Like an MP3-player or a ventilator.