The New York Times has recently posted a fascinating little documentary that provides a sneak peek into the quickly expanding pass-time of FPV drone racing. A pass time that puts the pilots into Star Wars style speeder races, the view through the pilots VR Headset really does closely resemble the famous speeder races from the films.
The proliferation of personal drones and cheap off the shelf parts has seen this new style of racing quickly expand over the last few years. Started in unused buildings and parks around the world FPV racing has now grown to the point that tens of thousands of dollars are on the line at competitions. Is FPV racing the killer application for this now ubiquitous technology?
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Anki the makers of the most artificially intelligent toys have upgraded their spectacular Drive desktop racing system, switching up a gear from Drive into OverDrive. Available in September 2015 Overdrive brings a new track system and upgraded car AI to this futuristic desktop racing system. The upgraded AI for the cars not only allows the cars to drive the many possible track configurations but they will also learn to drive any custom track faster over time.
The original Anki Drive race set was released last year and quickly became the number two selling toy on Amazon in the build up to the holiday season, selling out 10 days before Christmas. The game itself could be described as a cross between slot car racing and battle bots. Instead of steering the cars around the track like a tradition RC car players simply choose the lane and speed for their car while concentrating on attacking your opposition’s car with your virtual weapons. Each car has its own personality, driving style and weapons that the players must learn to use. When firing the weapons a successful hit causes the target to spin out or react to the weapon hit, virtual weapons with real effects.
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As the world quickly finds it feet in the rarefied air just above our heads thanks to the wonder of remote control drones those on the leading edge are busily coming up with new and entertaining ways to put the little aircraft to use. The fun may have started with using drones as a platform for photography or a new way to take a selfie but there is so much more fun to be had.
Racing drones through snow covered parks or muddy forests ups the fun stakes especially when watching the first person perspective view, a view that imbues the vision with a very Return of the Jedi feel. This though is just the beginning, what if you added weapons to the drone, then every race could also be a dog fight.
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