Pi: bring your DGT chess eboard to life

  • August 28, 2018



Until the DGT Pi came on the scene, electronic boards by DGT depended on PC software. Now the large, tournament size chessboards can be played independently with the brains built into the Pi module, attached to a DGT 3000 clock. It's all neatly packaged into this red and black chess clock-looking device called the Pi.

This means the usefulness of these chessboards is now expanded dramatically. The Pi can be updated over time, and already features voice announced moves that can be heard via a connected speaker or headphones. Here's a quick intro.

The video above features the DGT Smartboard (a newer plastic model of eboard). Compared to the DGT eboards in widespread use to date, this Smartboard has a dynamic scanning software which scans the differences in a board instead of scanning the whole board each time. This results in a noticeably faster response over regular eboards, but that technology will eventually come to the classic wooden eboards as well. Power use of a standard USB board is around 50-60mA. This SmartBoard is only 2 to 3mA, a significant savings.

For the full product description, see the DGT Pi

See also, All DGT eboards and accessories

If you have questions about advanced functions, don't hesitate to ask. An expert at Chess House will try to be helpful and answer. Comment, discuss, or ask questions below.





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