WowWee, the tech toy brand behind the MiP robot and the MiPosaur we saw at CES this year will also bring an app-controlled car to market this summer. However, unlike other remote control vehicles that link with smartphones, the REV cars have artificial intelligence and are designed to play structured mini-games, even when you don't have a friend to compete against.
REV stands for Robotic Enhanced Vehicles and will come in sets of two - one white, one black - when they launch around June time. They work with an application for iPhone or Android and you control one of them directly, much like a normal RC car.
A friend can then take over the other in the set, using their smartphone, and you can play a series of games that WowWee will both release at the same time and add at a later date, with some of them based on multiplayer gaming staples, including capture the flag from games like the Call of Duty series.
The developers at the WowWee HQ are big gamers, so much of the action has been inspired by their favourite games. And what's more, with the AI nature of the cars, even if you don't have a physical opponent you can set the REV system into one player mode and the computer will control the second car.
Other accessories will start to appear over time, including a "smart" ramp that talks to the cars so they can line themselves up perfectly for stunts. And as the app platform is open source, with an SDK available to third-parties, other developers can create new software for REV too.
An exact price is yet to be revealed but Pocket-lint understands that the REV set with two cars will retail for between £80-90.
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