Waterloo Labs recreates the classic Nintendo game by controlling the movements of go-karts and using RFID-equipped items.

Waterloo Labs rigged up four go-karts to manipulate the throttle, gas and brakes along with an RFID Item system so they could make a real-life, playable version of the Nintendo game Mario Kart.

To recreate the game, they built a system to control the movements of the go-karts (speed, brakes, and steering) as well as a wireless communication system. This allowed the players to race around the track and pick up RFID-tagged items that altered the behavior of the go-karts, in a similar way to the actual game.

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