Anki Overdrive Brings Slot Cars to a Younger Generation
If you’re of a certain age, you’ll likely remember sitting on the living room floor, remote control triggers in hand, racing slot cars against friends and family. Today's youth still sit on the living room floor, but mostly in front of an Xbox or Playstation. One company hopes to change that, bringing the slot car love affair into the 21st century in a big way. That company is called Anki. RELATED: Someone Turned a Camaro into a Life-size Slot Car Track Anki’s formative product, Anki Drive, sees players race RC cars against each other and computer AI players on a roll-up game mat, using iPhone apps as controllers. The cars sport microprocessors onboard and virtual weapons, making Drive more or less a video game played out in the real world. The next iteration, Anki Overdrive, retains the smart RC cars but forgoes the game mat for very slot car-esque constructible and reconfigurable tracks, which now accommodate elevation changes and jumps. Take a look:
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This new evolution becomes available for purchase on September 20 as a starter kit, priced at $149.99. The Anki Overdrive kit comes complete with two cars, six 90-degree curved track pieces, four straightaway pieces, two riser pieces, and a car charger station, which allows for eight possible track combinations out of the box.
Additional expansion kits and cars will be available to give your track some more personality, and if you have enough dedication, you can recreate some historic racing circuits. Those expansion components and other cars are available on Amazon, as well as other locations.
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