A Mixed Reality racing game, based on Anki Overdrive
A Mixed Reality racing game, based on Anki Overdrive
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.
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.
More information about Magic Drive:
Where the magic happens:
A. AR Track Pieces:
B. Engineering Bay:
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 levels on 8 track setups
Levels: Volcano, Space and Desert
Track setups: Microloop, Capsule, Overpass, The Wedge, Quadra, Hook, Loopback, The Point
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.
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.
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.
However, to avoid violating of intellectual property of Anki. My 2D artist “Zhang Yang” designed this BEAUTIFUL poster for Magic Drive!
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.
The cars can drive on it; the camera can also use it as an "Anchor".
For bigger tracks, just put multiple AR track pieces into it.
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,
There are 4 slot holes on the board, if you put the supercars in, the Augment objects should align perfectly with the supercars.
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.
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.
*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.
- (30 days)