Christmas is over, waiting for the year to end and for a fresh start to an awesome year ahead. I am sure everyone has already opened up their christmas presents from their loved ones, and of course some are still fussing about UPS and Fedex not yet delivering their long bought gifts!!!
I saw this FaceBook share from one of my friends who got her son an Anki-DRIVE. I started wondering what that is, never having heard of such a game, I started looking around and I should say that I was pleasantly surprised with what level technology has grown to invent such wonderful TOYS.
I agree that it makes a wonderful gift for your kids, and it takes Artificial Intelligence to the next level altogether. The moment I saw the video (shared below) I was certain that it will be a major hit among kids and even adults who are into gaming. Now that it also got featured on Ellen Degeneres show, what more can you expect for this new invention.
The Anki Drive seems to be the first initial step to the future of robotics and artificial intelligence combined together with seemingly unlimited possibilities yet to come. When you first see the video above, you will see that it is another racing game, but once you get into the game, you will also observe that it is not “just a game”, but those miniature cars are making several thousands of intelligent decisions every second!!!
Anki Drive cars are not just cars, but highly engineered robots which are so well designed and stuffed with intelligent software that allows them to make these decisions and also execute them with precision. They are our wildest fantasies come true – Toy cars that have come to life!!!
Obviously these cars have sensors built onto them to enable such AI, but the most important sensor of them all is the tiny camera built to the bottom-front of the car, which tells the car precisely where on the track it is located and allows the software to make super fast decisions on how to turn and steer the wheel.
This camera also allows the car to “see through” the top layer of the Anki Surface using infrared light. What the cars see is what a common human eye cannot – sophisticated code that gives them all the decision making information they need to understand their position on the track and maintain that ultimate precision during the drive.
Some of the Game Highlights: (as described by Anki)
- You can play against your friends or against an AI-enabled opponent
- The AI cars own the road; they know your every move – and the more you drive, the more they evolve
- Up to four vehicles can play at once; you and friends use iOS devices to control one to four of the cars. AI controls any of the cars that you dont control!!!
- Anki Drive includes a physical track that rolls out to 3.5 by 8.5 feet and is for indoors.
To take control of the cars, you will need one of the following:
- iPhone 4s or newer
- iPod touch 5th generation or newer
- iPad 3 or newer
- iPad mini
No live internet connection is needed to play the Anki Drive. The track can be placed on any flat surface, though flooring or a low-pile carpet works best. The vehicles or cars have a rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer batter, an 8 minute charge gives up to 20 minutes of play.
Over to You:
Do you think you could have purchased this as your christmas present this year if you had known before? I would definitely love to have this for my daughter, maybe for her upcoming birthday!!!Sounds like fun and I am sure I will end up playing a lot more than her Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!!!
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Praveen Rajarao is a Software Tech Lead and in his spare time blogs on his website – http://www.dailymorningcoffee.com and http://www.techivy.com. His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides.
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