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$10,757
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
59
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 18 2019 7:54 AM UTC +00:00

About

Magic Drive is a 3rd party Mixed Reality racing game based on Anki Overdrive.

Anki OVERDRIVE is the "world's most intelligent battle racing system" developed by Anki.

Anki OVERDRIVE includes modular track pieces and Supercars.

Players use mobile phones to control Supercars to race and battle on the track.

For more information about Anki OVERDRIVE:[Click Here] 

Anki calls OVERDRIVE "a video game in the real world". However, there's nothing video about the game.

That's where Magic Drive comes to the rescue.

Anki OVERDRIVE vs Magic Drive
Anki OVERDRIVE vs Magic Drive

Magic Drive is a 3rd-party mobile game that uses Anki Drive SDK under Apache License 2.0


With state-of-the-art AR tech, Magic Drive allows the players to see cars racing and battling on the track.

Race&Battle
Race&Battle
Drive through fire
Drive through fire
Play on Android and iOS
Play on Android and iOS
Play on iPad
Play on iPad
Multiplayer with friends
Multiplayer with friends
AR Headset & Joystick (Concept)
AR Headset & Joystick (Concept)
Upgrade your vehicle's weapons
Upgrade your vehicle's weapons
Energy Shields
Energy Shields
Multiple levels on the same track setup
Multiple levels on the same track setup

More information about Magic Drive:

 [Facebook]  [Twitter]  [Website] or  [Come chat with me on Discord]

Where the magic happens:

A. AR Track Pieces:

AR Track Piece
AR Track Piece
AR Track Piece turns Anki Overdrive into Magic Drive
AR Track Piece turns Anki Overdrive into Magic Drive
Supercar driving on AR Track Piece
Supercar driving on AR Track Piece
The magic inside of AR Track Piece
The magic inside of AR Track Piece

B. Engineering Bay:

Place Supercars onto Engineering Bay
Place Supercars onto Engineering Bay
4 Supercar wheel slots for easy placement
4 Supercar wheel slots for easy placement

What to expect in the full game:

Anki Overdrive Starter Kit (+) AR Track Piece * 3 (+) Engineering Bay * 2 (+) Magic Drive App


Magic Drive requires 3 AR Track Pieces to support all the 8 basic track setups from Anki Overdrive Starter Kit.


3 AR Track Pieces on 8 basic Anki Overdrive track setups
3 AR Track Pieces on 8 basic Anki Overdrive track setups

3 levels on 8 track setups

Levels: Volcano, Space and Desert

Track setups: Microloop, Capsule, Overpass, The Wedge, Quadra, Hook,  Loopback, The Point

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How the Kickstarter money will be spent:

*Kyle thought he got this from Anki, lol.


I'm a solo dev, but I got some help on the side.^_^

First, thank you for reaching this part of the page.

My name is Shin, I'm a software developer from China.

I first discovered and knew about Anki Overdrive in 2015 that was when I joined an entrepreneur training program called Draper University. It was great, by the way.

As the program was going on, the Co-Founder and president of Anki, Hanns Tappeiner, presented a speech at Draper University.

He talked about his journey of founding Anki with two other Co-Founders and showed us a demo of Anki OVERDRIVE(which was still under development by that time).

This made me become a big fan of it.

After Draper University, my Ex-Co-Founder Remmelt van Tol and I started a new company in California.

It was great in the beginning, we got invested by Tim Draper, we built an Instant Messenger app called Timit, we got featured on VentureBeat, we went viral in Turkey for a while...

But in late 2015, we started to get issues on the visas, cause we're both international entrepreneurs.

And Timit didn't go as well as we expected, we had to shut it down...


In 2016, I came up with the idea of combining Anki Overdrive with AR technology. 

The very first concept
The very first concept

But I didn't consider this seriously, because I thought Anki was going to make it happen for us, as players, we should just sit and wait.

Over the years, Anki released Cozmo, Supertrucks, Fast&Furious edition, but never came close to the AR idea.

I early 2018, I dug out Anki Drive SDK, started to build demos for the AR idea in my part-time.

First working demo, tracking the car in virtual 3D space
First working demo, tracking the car in virtual 3D space
Boson with Augmented objects
Boson with Augmented objects
Boson fires
Boson fires
Boson vs Kourai
Boson vs Kourai
Demo on Anki Drive map & first multiplayer demo
Demo on Anki Drive map & first multiplayer demo

I sent those demos to Anki, hoping they would consider picking Anki Overdrive up and develop new features for it...

It was until they released Vector on Kickstarter, I finally realized that, there is a big chance that Anki might had ditched Overdrive all together...This would mean, no new feature for Overdrive any more.

If I'm not developing it, nobody will.

So, I made a bold decision, I'm going to make Magic Drive happen ON MY OWN!

I started working on Magic Drive full time since late September 2018.

The main part of this technology “the Magic Drive is to track the cars in AR”. The AR technology uses "anchor" as the original point, map the cars' location information into the 3D space, then creates augmented objects around it。 The "anchor" needs to be a flat image and corresponding tracks, which has a unique pattern on it so that the phone camera can recognize it and build 3D space on it.

Anki Overdrive key art as "AR marker"
Anki Overdrive key art as "AR marker"
Twin Volcanos on Anki Overdrive "Microloop" track
Twin Volcanos on Anki Overdrive "Microloop" track

However, to avoid violating of intellectual property of Anki. My 2D artist “Zhang Yang” designed this BEAUTIFUL poster for Magic Drive! 

Magic Drive Original Artwork as AR marker
Magic Drive Original Artwork as AR marker

There was still a big disadvantage with this poster solution; it only works on specific track setups. 

For bigger tracks, when you move your phone camera away from the poster, the AR objects will just disappear or become very twitchy. 

Since Anki Overdrive has modular track pieces, you can really build whatever track setups you want, it's just impossible to design different posters for different tracks.

Now the best solution is AR track pieces. 

I combined the poster with the modular track pieces.

First Prototype of AR Track Piece
First Prototype of AR Track Piece

The cars can drive on it; the camera can also use it as an "Anchor". 

AR Track Piece with infra-red transparent ink
AR Track Piece with infra-red transparent ink

For bigger tracks, just put multiple AR track pieces into it.

AR Track Pieces on Anki Overdrive "Capsule" track
AR Track Pieces on Anki Overdrive "Capsule" track

In that case, no matter where you point your camera on the track, 

the camera will always "see" at least one "Anchor", then recreated the 3D space based on it.

The AR track piece also has magnetic connectors; it's 100% compatible with Anki Overdrive track piece.

As for Engineering Bay, 

I tried to use the car itself for AR "object tracking", but the cars just don't have enough tracking points/features to create stable 3D space around it.

So I designed this board with special markers, 

Skull on Engineering Bay
Skull on Engineering Bay

There are 4 slot holes on the board, if you put the supercars in, the Augment objects should align perfectly with the supercars.

Weapons are augmented objects anchored by the board
Weapons are augmented objects anchored by the board

I've cracked the most difficult technology of this project. There's already a working demo on App Store if you'd like to try it out.

Magic Drive demo on App Store
Magic Drive demo on App Store

Alert:

This Demo is very user unfriendly, missing a lot of features, the UI is poor...

But, this demo contains all the core technology of Magic Drive.

The rest is just general mobile game development.

What needs to be done next, is mass production on the AR Track Pieces and Engineering Bay Pieces. As well as developing more content for the game.

The biggest challenge is to spread the word about Magic Drive.

I need more voices out there telling people what a cool game we've built and to help us raise more funds for this project and to place a bulk order on the AR track Pieces.

The most expensive part is the "infrared transparent" ink and the magnetic connectors.

I also need to pay my freelancers for level art/weapon designs.

With you help, we can bring Anki Overdrive back to live and make Magic Drive the world's first Mixed Reality racing toy!

Anki® and Overdrive® are registered trademarks of Anki, Inc. This site and the Magic Drive product are not sponsored by, supported by, or affiliated in any manner with Anki.

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*Special thanks to my dearest friend Pablo Criado-Perez who helped me set this campaign up!

*Special thanks to ScottyD for proof reading this page!

Risks and challenges

Please note that game development always bears certain risks. There is always a chance of unexpected problems that could occur and potentially delay the game.

That being said I have already been working on Magic Drive for half a year and the core technology is already there.
I've already got a working demo on the App Store(using Magic Poster).
As for the AR Track Piece, we also got prototypes which are fully functional.

The biggest uncertainty actually lies in Anki, there is a possibility that Anki might cut the production of Anki Overdrive all together.
I strongly suggest you the pledge the $69 MAGIC DRIVE reward without Anki Overdrive set, then purchase Anki Overdrive set separately on Amazon, right now.
I have purposely kept the number of rewards which contains Anki Overdrive set low to ensure that I can get the rewards fulfilled.
I'm already in connection with one of the resellers on Amazon who promises me that they can fulfill the orders. I will confirm the order right after the campaign ends.

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    Build a customized level from your idea. (based on 1 the 8 basic tracks)
    Your name will be in the "level description".

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    The basic setup for VR Arcades, Anki Overdrive set is NOT included.

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    Customized mega track and level specially designed for your VR Arcade, the track pieces and 10 Anki Overdrive Supercars are included.

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