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xDroid GmbHBy xDroid GmbH
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xDroid GmbHBy xDroid GmbH
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3,2,1… go! The rush, the adrenaline, the dynamics of video games has now arrived in the real world! xDroid is the first truly gamified remote controlled car.   

Demolition derby, capture the flag, drift – with xDroid, we bring racing video games from the screen to the real world.

Play alone, with your friends, family or other xDroid enthusiasts. Develop your career to unlock new games, even design your own games, and turn the whole world into an interactive playground.

Three main elements help us bring the classic racing gaming experience to the real world:    

  • The xDroid 1:16 hobby-grade smartphone-controlled car replaces the virtual vehicle. If you already own an r/c car, you can upgrade yours with our xCore.
  • With xPoints – small interactive checkpoints – you can collect bonuses, scores, and power-ups. Just like in video games! 
  • Our mobile gaming app provides games, a controller and a social platform all in one. 

See here how to start playing xDroid:

If you want to test xDroid by yourself, join us during the biggest Maker Faire in the US in San Mateo, California, the biggest Maker Faire in Europe in Berlin, and the cutest Maker Faire in the world in Prague.  

 Or watch the video from this years Maker Faire in Vienna:  

The xDroid is based on a 1:16 scale remote controlled car chassis and, as a good hobby-grade r/c car is equipped with a high-performance motor, 4 wheel-drive, a robust suspension system and a high-capacity exchangeable battery.   

But there is more than meets the eye. It has a long range Wi-Fi connectivity module (up to 80 meters), a number of sensors to track the position of the car and an interaction with other cars or game objects, as well as LED bars to indicate game events.   

Our advanced power unit allows you to take full control of your car’s behavior: to adapt the sharpness of the steering, acceleration, and speed of the car, as well as braking force. Or simply choose from our calibrated presets (we call them xSpirits): trophy, drift, rally, demolition and many more.   

This way, xDroid adapts to all challenges and feels good on any surface like grass, dirt or concrete and durable to sustain bumps, flips, and jumps.   

Doesn’t really matter where you drive, as xDroids are robust, water and dust-friendly to ensure a long lifetime but, in case you crash it too hard, they’re easy-to-fix and tune.   

El Diablo, Shen Long or the Rolling Dead – what’s your favorite character?
   

xDroids are available in three handcrafted designs, which are inspired by urban graphics and performed by well-known illustrator Michael Hacker, giving xDroid a unique and playful look. They're are made out of polycarbonate, are super flexible and long-lasting.

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Feel the sudden inspiration? Splash it on the xDroid Blank Body. The same level of quality and durability for your creativity. Suitable for all color sprays for polycarbonate.   

Bonuses, scores, and superpowers! Just like in video games, xPoints expand your gaming options, acting as a beacon to activate extra features.   

Place the small interactive checkpoints on the ground and start the game. Once you drive over the xPoint, a specific action depending on the game will happen, e.g. assigning you the flag, giving you points, adding time, etc.   

xPoints are not mandatory for playing with xDroid. There are numerous games without them, but your gaming options expand massively with xPoints. So, we highly recommend a package with xPoints to unlock the full gaming experience.   

Already an owner of an RC car? Enhance your old car with our xCore and join the xDroid gaming world. Replace your 2,4 GHz receiver with the xCore, connect your servo and ESC with 3-pin connectors, attach LED bars to your housing, then calibrate the steering in the app and you’re ready to play.   

You can find a list of the supported cars in the tech specs section below.   

Run your app, host a game or join an existing one. Tap Go and the fun begins: master your racing skills, drift in the city jungles, perform stunts in the skate park, capture the flag, dominate your opponents and much more. xDroid is for every player from young to old, in a single, parent-child or multiplayer mode.   

The xDroid app is the heart of the ecosystem, providing games, a controller and a social platform all in one. It connects via an innovative Wi-Fi mesh network to xDroids and xPoints, controls the xDroid with incomparable accuracy and gives you audio and physical feedback during the game.    

Our connectivity system allows for up to 5 players or teams to play together.   

One of the most exciting parts of video games is superpowers! Being gamers ourselves, we could not forget about them. Having full control over all the cars in the game-set, you can invert the opponents’ steering, slow them down or stop their engines. You will love the look on their faces.   

The xDroid app will be available for iOS and Android devices and is our direct connection to the players – you! We want to build a strong community by connecting people close by to play together, hosting tournaments and comparing results. But the true game changer for us is the game creation part! In the future, you will be able to create your own games and share them with the community.   

Master your driving skills! In this mode, the app can easily track your driving performance and give you feedback as well as some hints on how to improve them.   

Wheelie, Ollie, Backflip, Wildcat, Right-side Spin, 50-50 Slide… Our advanced positioning system can track different stunts and even can measure an in-air time. So, what are you waiting for? Just take your xDroid, go to a skatepark and enjoy unlimited fun.   

Most of our team members have kids in an age range of 0–5 and we felt that they’re still not yet ready for such a toy. We tested different r/c cars, boats, and even drones many times. The result was always the same – crash.   

That’s why we built xDroid super-durable (check our test-drive videos below). Moreover, we created the so-called parent-child mode. In this mode, you can delegate only partial control to your kid like in driving school. For example, you can be responsible for acceleration, while she would steer. This way you can enjoy playing even with the smallest ones.    

And… all fathers know, that the kid is the best excuse for buying toys for yourself ;)

We created xDroid to be a social toy – the real fun begins when you play with others!

The goal of this game is to be faster than your opponents! Once an xPoint starts to blink, the player who reaches it first earns the flag. Be quick! Next, you need to cover all other xPoints to be crowned the winner of this game. But be aware… your opponents can steal the flag from you by bumping into your car.   

Who is the toughest rider? Bump into your opponents, hit them where it hurts the most, and protect your sensitive areas. Whose life bar lasts the longest wins.   

Who is the most dominant player in the game? Drive over as many xPoints in a limited timeframe. The one who marks the most wins! And always remember to apply superpowers!   

 And that’s only a few examples of whats coming. We have in mind more than 50 game ideas, thanks to the creativity of our more than 500 beta test-drivers.    

Community is our driver! Even if you own only one xDroid, with our app you would have the possibility to find friends around you to arrange meet-ups and play xDroid together.   

Learn coding or teach your kids coding with our graphical coding language!   

Code an autonomous ride, set up a parkour and challenge your coding skills with our exclusive code-to-drive feature.   

Another killer feature of the xDroid universe is our social gaming platform (in development). We’re developing a platform that will allow players to create their very own games using a simple graphical programming language and share these games with their friends and community. This makes xDroid gaming possibilities unlimited.   

Develop your career, collect xMiles and unlock new games, features, and real rewards. How does it work? Collect xMiles for every meter driven, every game won, social engagement and more. Unlock new games, xSpirits, play modes, exclusive rewards and much more. The more miles you earn, the more opportunities are opening for you. You can't buy xMiles, you have to earn them!  

Start collecting miles right away:   

During the past month, we’ve held more than 1000 test drives all over Europe and the US. A big thanks to everyone who joined, played, and the great feedback we gathered. You guys are incredible and kept us going!   

Next chances to play are at Maker Faire Bay Area (May 18-20), Maker Faire Berlin (May 25-27) or Maker Faire Prague (June 22-24). Looking forward to seeing you!   

xDroid - perfect maneuverability and stability in 1:16 scale   

  • Scale: 1:16 Trophy Truck 
  • Length: 300 mm (11.8 in)
  • Width: 190 mm (7.5 in)
  • Height: 120 mm (4.7 in) 
  • Wheelbase: 185 mm (7.3 in) 
  • Weight: 0.90 kg (1.9 lbs) with battery 
  • Easy-to-Fix and Tune 
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We will have in our online xStore right inside of the app more than 60 light alloy or carbon fiber tuning parts available right after the launch.

xCore - transform your old car to xDroid 

  • Length: 33 mm (1.3 in)
  • Width: 21 mm (0.83 in)
  • Height: 14 mm (0.55 in)
  • Weight: 10 g (0.35 oz) 

We support the following models:   

Traxxas: Bandit, Rustler, Slash series, E-Revo series, Craniac, Stampede, BIGFOOT, Skully, Ford Raptor, Summit, T-Maxx Classic series, TRX-4 series, Jato, Desert Racer, X-Maxx series, Latrax series

Tamiya: WR-02 series, TL-01 series, TXT-1 series, DT-02 series, DF-03 series, DB-01 series, DF-02 series, CR-01 series, U900 series, CC-01 series, DN-01 series, WR-02 series, RN-36 series, TXT-2 series, XV-01 series, WR-02G series, CW-01 series, TT-02B series, GF-01 series, TT-02T series, DT-03T series, WR-02C series, G6-01 series

HPI Racing: FLUX series, VENTURE series, JUMPSHOT series, VORZA series, SAVAGE series, BLITZ series, RECON series

Team Associated: RC10 series, RC8 series, Pro SC10 series, SC10 series, DB8 series

Losi: Mini 8IGHT series, TEN-SCBE series, Baja Rey series, Tenacity 4WD series

LC Racing: EMB-1, EMB-TC, EMB-TG, EMB-DT, EMB-MT, EMB-WRC, EMB-SC

In this way, we support most of the hobby-grade r/c cars on the market. Even if you didn’t find your car on this list, it doesn’t mean, that xCore wouldn’t work with it – most likely it will. Just send us the model of your car and a photo of your ESC and Servo and we’ll check for you if it would work with xCore.

xPoint - an interactive checkpoint

  • Diameter: 168 mm (6.6 in)
  • Weight: 210 g (7.4 oz) with batteries
    

xDroid App - games, a controller, and a social platform in one

  • Works with iOS and Android
  • Controller, Game provider and social platform in one
  • Proportional control
  • High precision of steering and controllability 
  • Vibration/sound feedback
  • Single, Multiplayer or Parent-Child Mode
  • xShop for tuning and replacement parts 
  • Game creation (not yet available)
  • Up to 5 users can play together
    

xDroid Package Contents:    

  • 1x xDroid truck in a selected design
  • 1x Battery Charger (100-240V) 
  • 1x 7.2v 1100mAh Ni-MH battery 
  • 1x Instruction Manual with additional materials and stickers 

xCore Package Contents: 

  • 1x xCore module 
  • 2x connected LED bars 
  • 1x Instruction Manual with additional materials and stickers 
  •    

Required to Run: hobby grade r/c car (see additional compatibility information above), smartphone with xDroid App installed

xPoint Package Contents: 

1x xPoint    

Required to Run: xDroid car, 4x AAA batteries, smartphone with xDroid App installed

We will announce stretch goals once we reached our goal :)

We are an international team based in Vienna, Austria. Two years ago, Victor and Roman, both kids at heart with backgrounds in software development, EduTech, and entrepreneurship, started developing the first functional prototype of xDroid, driven by a motivation to combine the fun of video games with the real world experience of r/c cars. Supported by an awesome team we are two years later, after massive user tests and a lot of product development, now ready to get xDroid into mass production. But see for yourself.   

From the very beginning, the main goal of our project was to bring the fun of playing video and mobile games into the real world and make it social. We were set to completely redefine the experience of playing with remote control cars, including a global rethinking of the functional control, feedback mechanisms, game mechanics, and the level of player involvement.   

This is how xDroid started: an RC car base structure and a plastic bottle.
This is how xDroid started: an RC car base structure and a plastic bottle.
After starting to shape the idea, we wanted to make it work.
After starting to shape the idea, we wanted to make it work.
The body design was the 'missing piece'. The result: 3D printed car bodies.
The body design was the 'missing piece'. The result: 3D printed car bodies.
Improvement and redesign of the car's main structure was a priority to start pre-production.
Improvement and redesign of the car's main structure was a priority to start pre-production.
The production prototype is finally ready.
The production prototype is finally ready.
No, we didn't force our kids to help, they just love it!
No, we didn't force our kids to help, they just love it!
Tests were always our passion - it's so much fun with the xDroid. We even made a special Test Truck limited series body skin.
Tests were always our passion - it's so much fun with the xDroid. We even made a special Test Truck limited series body skin.
We tested xDroid on every surface and weather conditions and we're happy to announce it is finally ready for the mass production.
We tested xDroid on every surface and weather conditions and we're happy to announce it is finally ready for the mass production.

We’ve been testing our xDroids with users throughout the whole development process from the very beginning. It helped us so much!    

Thanks so much to everyone who came and supported us! Altogether we did more than 1000 test drives!   

And we keep going. If you want to test xDroid by yourself, join us during the biggest Maker Faire in the US in San Mateo, California, the biggest Maker Faire in Europe in Berlin and the cutest Maker Faire in the world in Prague.   

We have our suppliers and production partners ready to produce the required quality and quantity. We’ve been working together with our production partners in Shenzhen, China to make sure everything is in order. Once the campaign has finished, we will do final adjustments for mass production and are looking forward to shipping to you at the end of this year.

Curious about how our fancy bodies are produced? This is how pre-production looks like.   

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To get xDroid into mass production we need your support. Please help us to bring the fun and excitement of video racing games to the real world by supporting our campaign.    

Know someone who you think might be interested in this project? Share this page with them! We’d really appreciate it. A few clicks for you make a big difference for us.   

Risks and challenges

As the old saying goes: Hardware is hard.
Luckily, we have a great team who has put a lot of work upfront into making sure production is ready. We’re bound to come up against challenges in making xDroid, but we promise we’ll do everything within our power to make it happen on time and at the high level of quality we set ourselves. Sleepless nights, working weekends, all of the fun that comes with running your own hardware business.

Manufacturing
We’ve partnered with some truly excellent production partners to help us along the way with manufacturing xDroid. We’re confident they will help us deliver a top-notch product on schedule, but we want to point out that there can always be some unforeseen delays.

Team
We are a skilled and passionate team. This is not a hobby for us, we are fully committed, and are looking forward to giving birth to this baby together with you!

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