• Aug 6, 2010
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Leave it to the Germans to turn a real-life radio control car, a video camera with a wireless transmitter and an arcade box into the best 3D rendition of the old Playstation game Wipeout we've ever seen. If designer Malte Jehmlich and friends would have stopped after designing a massive multi-level carboard track for their remote control cars, we would have thought it was pretty cool. But the innovative crew attached a plate to their 1/28 scale car and mounted a video camera with a wireless transmitter that sends a video signal to an arcade racing cabinet to make this a truly multi-dimensional video game. The racing cabinet is equipped with a steering wheel and a monitor that displays the r/c car's progress in real time. The whole project took them two months to put together.

Jehmlich and his friends are currently working on integrating force feedback and power-ups using sensors built into the track. Very cool, indeed. Hit the jump to watch video of the Great Room-sized arcade game in action. We're thinking that we'd want one of these in the basement, but we're not sure if our wives would approve.

[Source: Vimeo via Engadget]

RACER DEMO 0.1 - video game mashup from sputnic on Vimeo.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Neat project. Love the soundtrack! Going to dig up my SID collection this afternoon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The directional arrows on the walls should be made with retro-reflective tape.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Freaking AWESOME.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is awesome work!

        (typisch Deutsch)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, one of the coolest things I have seen in quite a while!
      • 4 Years Ago
      All that's left is to upgrade the camera quality, paint the track up, and add a couple of obstacles! Very cool!
        • 4 Years Ago
        the corners are the obstacles!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Top Gear Germany, your challenge has been set!
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^^^That's comedy right there!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Upgrade the camera? Heck with that - build this thing to scale!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't exactly share the same enthusiasm as you guys.

      First off, there are plenty of good RC cars you can drive at tracks from an elevated standpoint. Also plenty have guys have done the in car camera view for fun.


      Second, part of the beauty of video game racing is that if you crash the car you don't have to fix it or flip it back over.

      While i can appreciate his work, looks like more work than fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No boost arrows?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If we are living in the Matrix world. This is completely the same as computer games.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Badass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This could be a big hit at the Maker Faire - I'd love to see this thing (or something like it) in person.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this should replace the pinewood derby for scouts. Much more relevant to the modern age.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if he'll make a multiplayer mode by linking several arcade cabinets like the old days?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the car would have bumpers around, it wouldn't flip over so much , just slide against the wall
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