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This is Anki Drive. Developed by Boris Sofman, Mark Palatucci and Hanns Tappeiner, three doctorate-level robotics students at Carnegie Mellon, Anki Drive blends what we'd traditionally call slot-car racing with a Mario Kart-like ability to assault your competition and a Borg-like ability to learn and evolve. It's been shown at two of Apple's World Wide Developers Conferences, which is saying something, considering the caliber of the developers that get invited to the fruit company's annual events.

While we don't have the space right now to deliver an in-depth piece about Anki Drive, it's something we're hoping to write a story on in the future, because based on the hands-on over at Engadget, it sounds like the perfect way to deal with those annoying inter-office disputes that crop up from time to time. The basics of the game include using a smart-phone app to modulate an electric-motor powered racecar around an oval track laid out on space-age mat. Confused? Check out some of the videos below for a bit more detail.

If you're already sold on the concept, know that the starter kit, which includes a 102-inch wide by 42-inch long track and two cars, is available for $199, with additional cars running an extra $69 apiece. If you want to know more about Anki Drive, hop over to Engadget to read that site's excellent in-depth rundown.




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      Hoeby
      • 1 Year Ago
      Take my money now and then start making replicas of real cars for this track! Oh and a bigger track and a way to extend it of course. Okay okay just make it Scalextric but with the AI stuff.
      sowman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope I'm not too old to play with these (31) because so far this is what I want the most this Christmas.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Physical toys of this nature are outdated very quickly, and software is simply not only more fun because you can do so much more, but it takes up no space and it can easily be abandoned without creating a bunch of garbage. Make this into a Xbox One game where you can actually change the engines, tires, etc as you earn points in races and play online with their friends from school and they will have much more fun, trust me.
        Hoeby
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Scalextric is still awesome. Some people like this stuff and some people like virtual stuff. Pull your head outta your ass!
        Hernan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        I don't know much about current games (last thing I owned was a Super Nintendo, back when it was new), but aren't there about a million games out there that do what you describe? This is a TOY, and honestly not expensive for what it does. It's still nice for kids to play with physical things once in a while.
        Vrrroooom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        This comment is so sad to read and so misinformed. The popularity of Skylanders proves you wrong. Also you underestimate the happiness something as simple as Pokemon cards brings kids. Physical toys will never be outdated, you can keep your Xbox One I will gladly save my money and buy some legos instead.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we get them at toys R us to put around the Christmas tree this year? :)
      Hector
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want one ASAP :-)
      jcar302
      • 1 Year Ago
      They have my interest for sure, but i'd like to see video of it in real action as opposed to a commercial. The airhogs commercials look great too, but we all know how well those really work.
        Vrrroooom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        All you needed to do was click on the first video that came up after the video. Here http://youtu.be/QnsR-kZUx6o
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont care if I'm not 8 anymore, I want this.
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the reasons I loved Sizzlers was the random bumps and turns that made the cars seem like they had intelligence. Now they are smarter than the average commuter. This is an interesting product.
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