In case you haven’t scratched your retro video game nostalgia with emulators, apps and more DIY projects than you can shake a sweaty handful of quarters at, Atari has announced that they want to take over living rooms once again. This time, however, as a range of smart home products.  

In a news release published yesterday, Atari announced that they have partnered with SIGFOX, a world leader in dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop a new line of connected devices under the Atari brand. The SIGFOX network provides simple and energy-efficient two-way transmissions for IoT devices resulting in extended battery and service life. Currently, over 7 million devices across 18 countries exist on the company’s network.

According to Atari, the new collaboration will cover an expansive range of new Atari products ranging from “the very simple to the highly sophisticated”. Although no products are specifically named – particularly a device for playing Space Invaders – the initial product line will include new products home, pets, lifestyle and safety.

“Atari, which has disruption rooted in their DNA, was quick to envision the transformative role that the Internet of Things can play in interactive entertainment,” said SIGFOX CEO Ludovic Le Moan. “Our network bridges the virtual and physical worlds simply, reliably and inexpensively and this collaboration will launch a new dimension to gaming while supporting features that are limited only by the imagination.”

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