Japan’s Moff Band wearable smart-toy lets you play Pac-Man with your body motion



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Tokyo-based Moff, offering a wearable smart toy Moff Band, showcased a preview of ‘Pac-Man Powered by Moff’ to be launched this spring, jointly developed with Japan’s major game developer, Bandai Namco Entertainment (TSE:7832). This preview is given this week at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. This is the first app by Moff based on its gamified fitness platform.

This preview version allows users wearing the Moff Band connected with Bluetooth to play Pac-Man remotely. For the official version, fitness elements will be added, while the basic game design of Pac-Man where players evade ghosts or eat power-cookies will be kept.

The launch of the game at this time, which is associated with the well-known Pac-Man character, should boost Moff’s name recognition in the US. The app was developed through a cooperative business arrangement between the two companies, subsequent to Bandai Namco Entertainment’s investment in Moff last September.

Moff CEO Akinori Takahagi said:

PAC-MAN Powered by Moff brings a brand-new user experience, while allowing enjoyment of games from olden days and exercising actively for families including children. Our aim is to build new relationships between families and wearable technologies by leveraging our gamified fitness technology through cooperation with leading companies in the entertainment field.

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Translated by Taijiro Takeda
Edited by Kurt Hanson and “Tex” Pomeroy