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British Kickstarter company lets you race smart cars

The Real FX race car system brings slot car racing into the modern age with smart cars that know where they are on the track while giving the drivers complete freedom of control.

Wow! Labs has created a unique race car toy that sports some high-tech features. First off, the track. The Starter Track Set will include 12 flexible, durable and lightweight printed race track segments. The Pro-Racing Track Set will include 39 segments. The track segments click together in less than a second and can be configured into multiple layouts. The segments also have a unique gradient pattern that the cars can read to identify where the car is located on the track.

Next are the cars and controllers. The cars have built-in front & back opto-sensors that read the track in real time & communicate with their Smart Controller. The Smart Controllers communicate with the cars and other players using wireless 2.4GHz, allowing dynamic pairing for multiple players without interference. Smart Controllers also include audio for in-race announcements and game setup guidance, and multi-color LEDs to indicate status.

According to the company’s Kickstarter page:

For the first time ever you can truly race against other players, or a ‘virtual opponent’ in the confines of your front room. Artificial Intelligence will assist you to stay on the track, but you need to use your skill to be the fastest driver in the race, overtake or undertake your opponents, deal with track hazards, from tyre blowouts to oil spills, and comply with pit-stop call-ins.

After watching the videos on the Kickstarter site I have to agree with the company statement that RealFX is “the car racing system we wished for when we were kids!”

The company anticipates a retail price for the Starter Set to be somewhere around £140 – 150. Currently they have raised roughly half of their £50,000 goal. You can find the company’s Kickstarter page here.