As many of our readers know, the toys-to-life genre of games and figures is immensely popular; just a few days ago we learned of amiibo sales surpassing 7 million units sold in the US alone. It’s no surprise massive tech company and Nintendo competitor Microsoft is wanting in on the market, but its new take on the genre is somewhat more stylish.

The patent that was filed last week details a wearable bracelet made up of independent beads, each with their own ID chip. Users would be able to buy and customize these bracelets and touch them against games consoles, computers and smartphones to unlock content and transfer data. Put simply, they’re wearable amiibo.

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Of course Microsoft’s IP library isn’t quite as broad as Nintendo’s, and it’s probably safe to say we won’t be seeing the company producing Gears of War or Halo themed bracelets any time soon. It’s more likely the patent is for an entirely new IP, if it ever comes to fruition at all.


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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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