Panic, a 20-year-old Mac software company, has made a major splash announcing its first hardware device. Playdate is a bright-yellow handheld gaming console with a monochrome screen that was co-developed with Swedish design firm Teenage Engineering and features games by such developers as Zach Gage, Bennett Foddy and Keita Takahashi. Playdate fits in your pocket and clearly strives to be the Gameboy of the Digital Natives generation. Playdate, which is a branding stroke of genius BTW, also features an innovative hand crank. If you have to ask, you’re not a gamer… Panic’s website is also stunningly cool.
On June 8, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that the growing presence of tech players leveraging big data and artificial intelligence technology could significantly disrupt the world’s financial system.