My Goban has a plugin

This was bound to be produced sooner or later, and here it is: the Netgoban! Here’s the description from the official website.

netgoban 1 smallNetgoban is an electronic Go board that allows you to enjoy the feeling of a traditional wooden Go board while taking advantage of all the possibilities of online and computer Go.

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:

At tournaments


– Automatic broadcasting and recording of the games

– Automatic time keeping

At home



– Play online using a physical board without any need to look at the computer screen

– Replay stored games and problems easily

– Follow broadcast games directly on the Netgoban

At clubs and classes



– Automatically store games played on the board

– 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.

Netgoban is an electronic Go board that allows you to enjoy the feeling of a traditional wooden Go board while taking advantage of all the possibilities of online and computer Go.

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:

At tournaments


– Automatic broadcasting and recording of the games

– Automatic time keeping

At home



– Play online using a physical board without any need to look at the computer screen

– Replay stored games and problems easily

– Follow broadcast games directly on the Netgoban

At clubs and classes



– Automatically store games played on the board

– Play online when no opponent is available