You might have already seen my article about Anki Overdrive or even my video unboxing of the Starter kit – now it's time to get hands-on and see if the futuristic car racing game is all it's cracked up to be. And to hear co-founder and CEO Boris Sofman tell it, it's also the first in what Anki hopes will be a series of surprising new applications for intensively software-driven robots in consumer life. The best way to describe it is like the ultimate advanced graphic video arcade racing game into which you pump countless quarters because you want to play forever. Here you're racing against the clock, trying to get around a set number of laps in a quicker time than your competitors.
I needed to reset some cards, read about this add on, downloaded it, followed the instructions and my cards were successfully reset. While human opponents, especially new players, are fairly easy to dispatch, the AI-controlled cars are brutal. Also of note: these Supertrucks can run the rest of the cars right off the road.
Each human-controlled car requires a dedicated Android device, and cars not connected to a device can be set to steer and fight for themselves. These cars rely on infrared emitters and a lens that functions as an optical sensor, following lines on a large mat that keep them in place.
Reviews which occur with a probability smaller than 100% minus the configured precision of the computation are simulated by randomly choosing an outcome rather than taking into account each possible outcome. Anki does not scan templates for media references, because it is slow to do so. This has implications for including media on the template. The Anki Drive starter kit consists of a large racing track that you can unroll and place on the floor or table, plus two speedy little cars that race on the track. The Anki Overdrive app automatically handles everything else, from getting you connected, to teaching you gameplay, so you can start playing immediately. The biggest barrier that Anki Overdrive faces in its current incarnation is price. Fixed a syncing bug that could lead to lost reviews and sanity check errors when deleting a filtered deck before syncing. Let's give anki a hand for putting themselves out there and selling a real thing.
Note that the Anki apps we used were prerelease versions, so the final versions may differ slightly. All of the Anki's AI cars have different characters, programmed with different features and weapons. Anki Overdrive is a sequel to the Anki Drive platform that came out in 2014 for $200. Anki was smart by to include a dedicated charger that accommodates up to four cars, subtly pushing racers to expand their roster of vehicles. This adds up to a substantial investment, although along similar price lines to Scalectrix. Cars and phones are synced on the iOS or Android app, vehicles placed on the track, and then the first sign of the smarts that power the Anki Overdrive kit starts to show.