Robotic Toys Bring Virtual Racing Games To The Real World
Anki is taking cars out of virtual racing games and placing them on our actual floors.
Racing car games have gone through many iterations over the years, going from small toys on plastic ramps, such as Hot Wheels, to video games with loud graphics and even louder music. Now, consumer robotics company Anki is bringing the two together, using artificial intelligence to create a video game that uses physical racing cars controlled by an app.
The toy kit, which goes on sale online and in Apple Stores for $199 on Oct. 23, includes a mat and two cars that run with the free app. The mat has sensors which ‘speak’ to miniature cameras on the bottom of the car, and no Wi-Fi is necessary because the app is linked to the cars through Bluetooth Low Energy. With the game, you can race cars against other friends or race your car against an AI-controlled car.