Kansas Patent of the Month – February 2022

The first barrier to chess is understanding all the rules. The first barrier to being good at chess is understanding all the strategies. If you are only ever playing chess against people with the same skill level as you, it can be very hard to advance. Bryght Labs, Inc. has designed an AI-driven chessboard that can teach you chess and help you advance in the game as well.

The chessboard is designed with a light up surface and can be played alone or with an opponent. The AI has been trained with the rules of chess and strategies of all skill levels. It uses sensors to track how different pieces are moved across the board. 

 As you make moves, the built-in chess engine tracks the position and alerts you if the move is illegal. For instance, if you move a rook diagonally. When you touch a chess piece, the sensors identify the piece you are considering and highlight your options based on your determined skill level. If playing alone, the chessboard acts as your opponent, allowing you to play against the AI itself. 

As mentioned, the AI is trained to understand chess at all different skill levels. This means a beginner may be guided into the best moves while a more advanced player will not be corrected if they choose a less optimal move. Similarly, the opponent AI will advance its own skill level to ensure you are always challenged as you grow. Bryght Labs is focused on making STEM-focused and cognitively challenging games more approachable.

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