Anki’s Subsequent-Gen ‘Overdrive’ Set Lets You Make Your Personal Tracks

Anki Drive’s Subsequent Improve

AI-powered distant management automotive maker Anki at the moment unveiled Anki Overdrive, the subsequent era of its play units that lets youngsters (and the adults who inevitably should play with them) create their very own tracks from numerous tiles.

That’s an enormous leap from the corporate’s unique tracks, which consisted of static loops that you simply rolled out as a cloth mat. Whereas maybe not as straightforward to arrange or put away, the brand new tracks imply you gained’t be caught racing on the identical set path for months at a time till you decide up a brand new mat.

Overdrive arrives in September within the type of a brand new $one hundred fifty starter package that may embrace two new automobiles and 10 monitor items — sufficient to construct eight distinct race tracks. Every particular person tile is a strong, shiny piece of cardboard with magnets on every finish that allow you to simply snap them collectively or take them aside.

In a demo at Anki’s San Francisco workplaces final week, we acquired an opportunity to check out the brand new model together with the replace’s 4 new automobiles. It’s far more spectacular to see the AI that drives every of the little racers adapt to modifications made to a course’s format or attempt to out-maneuver you when the course itself isn’t only a easy, predictable loop. Whether or not it’s studying to hurry as much as take a bounce higher the second time round or going right into a flip at a better angler, it’s simpler to see Anki’s automobiles as little considering machines when there’s a bit extra complexity concerned.

Anki’s Next-Gen ‘Overdrive’ Set Lets You Make Your Own Tracks

This automotive discovered to hurry up earlier than a bounce on its second lap on a brand new path on Anki’s large monitor.


The automobiles every have a bit extra fashion than the considerably generic choices in Anki’s first era of racers. They differ sufficient in type and colour that the majority teams may have a choice between them. Weapons fired from these new automobiles are animated by way of LEDs across the automotive that may blink at totally different speeds and in quite a lot of colours.

Anki Overdrive feels extra like actual-world Mario Kart than a easy RC race monitor with boundaries. Because of the brand new vary of monitor choices, there’s the sensation of getting totally different ranges to play in. Anki is profiting from that by giving the characters launched in a earlier replace to Anki Drive “favourite” ranges (and automobiles). In case you beat a personality beneath their most popular circumstances, you get extra stars, once more mixing the ideas of enjoying video video games and enjoying toys.