Anki Drive's toy racers think for themselves Video
Anki Drive's toy racers think for themselves Video Transcript
What's up, guys? This is Antuan Goodwin with CNET.com and today, we're taking a look at Anki Drive. Now, what is Anki Drive? Well, it's kinda like the flight cars that I remember from when I was a kid, except for their new slots. Anki Drive is actually run on a giant vinyl mat and there are no grooves in it to supply electricity. Instead, the cars actually have little batteries built into them and electric motors underneath that give them the motivation that he needed to drive. Now, the mat actually has infrared codes built-in to it and printed right on to it and on the bottom of the car, there's a little infrared sensor that's actually reading those codes and letting the car know where it is on the track. Now, the actual magic is gonna happen as part of an iPhone app that you'll install on your iPhone or iPad Touch. And in fact, it's actually gonna provide a bit of artificial intelligence that lets the cars know when they need to be turning, when they need to be going and it also allows them to communicate with each other. So, they don't run into each other as they work away around the track. Now, I'm actually only controlling one of these three cars. I got a little bit of throttle control here, I can change lanes and I can actually shoot at the other cars with little virtual energy weapon. The other two cars are controlled by artificial intelligence, they're just running on their own. Up to four players can play if you have enough cars but you only get two cars in the box. Additional car is $69.99 and the Anki Drive starter kit is $199.99. Now, a lot of people who have actually played with me today have actually gotten bored after one or two games but after ten gamest today, I'm still interested in what's going on with the Anki Drive here. It's a lot of fun shooting the other cars and whipping around the track. Well, I've been Antuan Goodwin with CNET.com and we've been taking a look at the Anki Drive Racers and the Anki Drive app.
Independent developer Anki made a splash at this year's WWDC when Apple introduced Anki Drive, an iOS car racing app centered on artificial intelligence and robotics. The San Francisco-based company is now set to release its first product, smart toy racing cars that are really mini-robots controlled by the app. CNET's Daniel Terdiman took them for a spin.
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Anki Drive Review
The good: Anki Drive's racers effortlessly pair with and are controlled by compatible iOS devices running the host app via Bluetooth LE. The app's AI guides cars around the included track. The cars charge quickly in their stations.
The bad: Only one track configuration is available. Cars can't avoid nonplayer obstructions, so keep your toes clear of the track. At time of review, only one race mode is available.
The bottom line: The advanced, AI-driven Anki Drive bridges the gap between digital racing games and physical slot cars with a laser tag twist; we just wish there was more than one course to race around.
Anki Drive Specs
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