A high-tech car game

Anki Drive, the race car game.Photo: APSeveral players control different toy cars on a plastic track that can roll up.

So long, Hot Wheels. You just got lapped by toy race-car company Anki, which showcased its iPhone-controlled car game at Apple’s developers conference in June.

At the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas last week, Anki gave onlookers hands-on time with its high-tech game, Anki Drive. Several players control different toy cars on a plastic track that can roll up and go anywhere. Boy, was it fun.

The controls

The track appears to be painted with a pattern that is readable by a tiny infrared camera on the bottom of each car. Using the pattern, the cars know exactly where they are on the track, and even where the other cars are. The iPhone app, which also works on iPads and iPod Touches, controls the cars.

There are two main buttons: a throttle that swipes up or down, and a weapon button that drivers tap to shoot straight ahead. Enough hits will disable the vehicle in front of yours, allowing you to take the lead. Rotating the iPhone left or right steers the car, though it can’t leave the painted-on borders of the track. Keeping the device straight keeps the car going round and round the track in roughly the same lane.

Lots of fun

Playing the game is kind of exhilarating, and scoring enough hits or wins earns you points. You can use those points to upgrade your car with better weapons or shields.

It’s like a video game in that way, except it all plays out in the real world. Sometimes the cars spin off the track or get stuck by accident, but it happens less frequently than you might think. Setting them back on the track in a hurry is part of the fun.

The thinking

Stephan Ilberg, Anki’s director of marketing, says the game helps tech-savvy kids have mind-blowing fun without staring at a computer screen or game console. It gets the kids off the video screen and back to the family room, he says.


Anki, which is based in San Francisco, has a $200 starter kit that comes with two cars.


Each extra car costs $70. iPhone not included.AP



Tags: , ,

About local2globe

Faculty of soft skills, personality development and Humanities.
NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

The official news blog of NBA.com with commentary and analysis from NBA.com's staff of writers.


A planet that doesn’t burn, a future that doesn’t suck


Startup and Technology News

The Meat & Potatoes of Life

By Lisa Smith Molinari

Attila Ovari

Loving Life and Inspiring Others

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

Fueled by Chocolate

The Truth isn't Where it Used to Be

On The Heath

where would-be writer works with words


Observations of life in France. By an adopted Française.

Cunning Hired Knaves

a jelly-like mass of liquid corruption


food and other morsels...

typical guy, atypical situation

a solid soul trapped inside a broken body

Cenaclul ROMANTICII (Migdale Marius)

Prolog: Poate că Iubirea nu face Pământul să se învârtă... Dar face ca scurta noastră călătorie prin viaţă să merite!

Life Is Like That

Man is only a pilgrim on Earth

C.B. Wentworth

Just following my muse . . .


creativity, news, reblogging, fun...:-)

Lyrical Anarchy

Poetic Justice!


I write about TV and movies. Also sometimes other stuff too.


finding new homes for old goodies

Memoirs of a Dragon

Dragon Thoughts and Quantum Musings

Book Hunger

Good Books and Inspirational Writing

Discovering Different

Like a Fortune Cookie... Without Calories

Sandra Pavloff Conner

"Reading Makes the Heart Grow Bigger"

The Boston Harbor Picayune

The Boston Artists' Life on a Dime -An Online Newspaper

Suzy Blue

Suzy Blue Blog


watercolour, drawings, art and paintings

Unconfirmed Bachelorette

Proudly living alone with cats

Good Time Stories

Inspiring and Heartwarming Stories


Fiction & invention are the fabric of life

The Punchy Lands!

Embrace Your PUNCHY Nature

CBS Las Vegas

News/Talk 840 AM KXNT

The Scene Stealer

Taking shots at life

The accidental Blog..

Thoughts... Whatever, whenever!


Sharing and expressing... through words.


life without erasers


The way I see it...

Mustard Seed Budget



Notes from the coast

Be Inspired! ...and Get ArtQuenched!

Quench Your Creative Thirst

Guitarist India

Kapil Srivastava - One of the Best Guitar Players & Top Authors

Word Wabbit

Wrestless Word Wrestler


Just another WordPress.com site

%d bloggers like this: