Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Go, Speed Racer

Anki Drive just changed the way you game

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It's time for the Xbox to take a back seat. Real-life video games are where it's at.

You read that correctly. Real-life video games.
 
Maybe you remember Anki's awesome presentation at Apple's WWDC event in June.
 
Anki's Drive takes the simulation of a racing video game and injects it into real robotic cars, which zip around a track at the command of your iDevice. 
 
But this isn't just Hot Wheels 2.0. These cars have AI-powered brains that make micro-calculations for speed, trajectory, and position on the track.
 
Basically, these cars learn how to beat each other.
 
You can play up to three other human opponents on a total of four cars — each with its own advantages — or just the game's AI for practice. You do more than just race, though; some cars are equipped with guns, others with tractor beams, which allow you to knock your foes off the track.
 
And that track is special, too — it's embedded with special ink and optics that allow the cars to constantly check their position. It's 3.5 by 8.5 feet, and rolls up tidily.

It's nothing personal, PS4.

Anki Drive
 
Price: $200, available tomorrow hereat Apple retail stores, and Apple.com

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