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Anki Drive

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Anki Drive is a racing game featuring small robotic cars. The game uses an AI engine running on an iPhone to control the cars. Players can race against each other or take on the AI.

Creator
Anki
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2013
Type
Consumer
Creator
Anki
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2013
Type
Consumer

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Specs

FEATURES
Cars communicate with iOS devices via Bluetooth low energy technology (no Wi-Fi required). Players can upgrade cars with new capabilities.
HEIGHT
2.49 cm | 0.98 in (height of an Anki car)
LENGTH
7.87 cm | 3.1 in
WIDTH
4.45 cm | 1.75 in
WEIGHT
N/A kg | N/A lb
SPEED
N/A km/h | N/A mph

SENSORS
Optical sensor located on the bottom of each car. The sensor detects patterns embedded on the track, so each car can determine its own position and the position of other cars.
ACTUATORS
Two micro DC motors with optical encoders.
POWER
Lithium polymer battery; 20 minutes of gameplay.
COMPUTING
The cars have 50 MHz microcontrollers that communicate with each other and the iOS device via Bluetooth low energy.
SOFTWARE
AI engine running on iOS device orchestrates the game. No OS in the cars; they run directly on microcontrollers.
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
N/A
MATERIALS
N/A
COST
$199.99 for the starter kit (includes two cars, track, and charger). $69.99 for each expansion car.
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
The creators of Anki Drive first met as students in the PhD program at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute. After sketching out the idea of the Anki platform on a napkin, they moved to San Francisco, where they founded Anki. Anki Drive is their first product. According to the founders, transforming the initial idea into reality took "countless algorithms, late nights, more napkin sketches, and prototypes." Anki Drive was unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2013, where Anki co-founder and CEO Boris Sofman described it as a "video game in the real world," adding that the company wants to bring robotics and AI out of the lab and into our everyday lives.
WEBSITE
http://anki.com/