Hot Wheels Are Now AI-Powered, Making Us Feel Even Older

HotwheelsA few years ago, the startup Anki impressed the crowd at an Apple event by showing off some toy race cars with AI capability baked in. One wouldn’t expect the toy-car giant Hot Wheels to sit back and let a little startup do donuts all over its turf, right? It took a while, but Hot Wheels has released its own artificial intelligence package. It’s similar to Anki’s, in that it’s a slot-cars-without-the-slots toy set, but it’s both less “intelligent” and more open-ended than Anki’s system. It’s also not entirely original: It uses technology from Real FX, an erstwhile Kickstarter project that launched its own racing system last year. To the Real FX platform, Hot Wheels has added redesigned controllers and swappable car shells. First, the similarities between this system and…


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