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LAS VEGAS: Bye Bye Hot Wheels…
Another toy race-car company Anki overtook you. By showing a review of his iPhone-Controlled car game in Apple’s developers conference in June. At the past International CES gadget show in Las Vegas he gave his viewers the first experience of his high-tech game Anki-drive, in which several players control different cars on a plastic track which is easy to carry by rolling.
The controls: The track is painted with a specific pattern which is readable by some infrared cameras at the bottom of each car which helps it to determine its position on the track with knowledge of other cars position as an addition.
The iPhone app comes with compatibility of working on iPad and iPod Touch. The controls comprise of two main buttons which is a throttle, with ease of positioning forward and backward, and a fire button allowing you to hit the one in front and enough hits will disable the vehicle for you to lead.
Moving the iDevice you hold will move your car left or right while holding it still will allow you to move round in track without changing your lane, despite your rotation you will never be able to leave the painted track.
Lots of fun: Playing the game is exciting and scoring sufficient hits or wins will earn you points. You can use those points to upgrade your car with advanced weapons or shields. It’s just like a video game, except it plays out in real.
Sometimes the cars spin off the track or get stuck by accident, but it happens less frequently than you are thinking. Setting them back on the track in a jiffy is an addition to the fun.
The thinking: Stephan Ilberg, Anki’s marketing director, says the game helps kids have mind-blowing fun without staring at a computer screen or console.
“It gets the kids off the video screen and back to the family room”-Stephan Ilberg.
Pricing: Anki, has a $200 starter kit that comes with two cars. Each extra car costs $70. iPhone excluded.