Mattel teases Hot Wheels racing with AR, iPhone-controlled 'Rocket League' car set

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Mattel brand Hot Wheels is continuing to embrace the use of mobile apps with it's toy cars, revealing the Augmoto track-based racing set with iPhone and iPad control and augmented reality, as well as announcing a remote controlled car soccer set based on the popular game 'Rocket League.'

Image via Engadget
Image via Engadget


The Augmoto set consists of a track that Hot Wheels cars are propelled along, complete with banked sections and a crossing loop. While previous versions relied on gravity or a motorized section that flings the car forward, usually with no influence from children playing with the set once it is in motion, Engadget reports the cars in this incarnation are able to be controlled by a mobile app.

The companion app on iPhone and iPad allows players to control the course, switching it on and stopping the car, while also seeing extra elements to the track in an augmented reality view. The app also allows players to put the car into a pit stop, allowing them to recharge the small battery inside their vehicle, one that lasts for around a minute between charges.

Players can also use the app to access virtual weapons triggerable by going through the loop on the track, which can then be used against their opponent. Once fired, the starting gate holds the opposing car still until that player completes a mini game on their mobile device to free it, all while the other player is free to rack up more laps on the short two-second track.

This is not the first time that Hot Wheels has experimented with adding technology to its toys to retain their appeal. The Hot Wheels AI cars added remote controls and the ability to easily drive around a flat track,as well as virtual opponents, while the Osmo MindRacers toy let the Hot Wheels cars drive into a virtual track on an iPad.

Mattel aims to ship the Hot Wheels Augmoto set, including the track and two cars this fall, priced at $200.




The Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals Set attempts to recreate the action of the "Rocket League" game in miniature, using remote-controlled cars. Players can use one of two vehicles - controlled by an iPhone over Bluetooth - to push the ball into their opponent's goal in the supplied stadium, which is said to be an easy to construct version of the arenas in the Psyonix-developed car soccer game.

The ball will use infrared to track goals, with sensors in the goals used to check the ball has gone over the goal line. A supplied charging base can be used to charge the vehicles and the ball, with the stadium also touted to have LCD scoreboards to keep track of each player's goals, and will play sound effects when a goal is scored and for other game events.

Also supplied with the set will be a collection of downloadable content codes that can be redeemed in the main game, which is available to play on macOS and other platforms. It is unclear what content will be offered via the codes, but those details will apparently be confirmed closer to launch.

Mattel intends to release the Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals Set in the holiday shopping period later this year for $179.99.

The Rocket League set and other Hot Wheels items due for release this year are being shown at the Toy Fair 2018 in New York, running from February 17 to February 20.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15
    Anybody else remember the Hot Wheels Sizzlers cars from the 70s?  I still have about 6,371 miles of that track...
  • Reply 2 of 15
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 2,346administrator
    Anybody else remember the Hot Wheels Sizzlers cars from the 70s?  I still have about 6,371 miles of that track...
    The orange track, with the four-inch hard-plastic tongues to connect? Sure!
    repressthis
  • Reply 3 of 15
    It's not like we used to slap the *&^% out of each other with that track...
    repressthislarz2112
  • Reply 4 of 15
    Hot Wheels are cool but $200?

    Good luck....
    cornchip
  • Reply 5 of 15
    Is it available in Cobra vs Mongoose?
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 6 of 15
    Tyco tracks were a lot of fun too!
  • Reply 7 of 15
    Anybody else remember the Hot Wheels Sizzlers cars from the 70s?  I still have about 6,371 miles of that track...
    The orange track, with the four-inch hard-plastic tongues to connect? Sure!
    YES!!! Sizzlers with the orange track, maroon connectors, and the charging station that looked like a gas pump. In fact, a few years back they reissued the whole Sizzler line of cars and accessories and I bought a few cars and the charging station gas pump. I have a vinyl carrying case of vintage 70's Hot Wheels squirreled away somewhere, and I think there are 2-3 original Sizzlers in the case.

    This AR Hot Wheels idea looks pretty interesting and potentially a lot of fun. I hope they set up display demos in stores so you can try it out. It's a bummer that the car only runs for one minute before it needs to be recharged. 
  • Reply 8 of 15
    larz2112 said:
    Anybody else remember the Hot Wheels Sizzlers cars from the 70s?  I still have about 6,371 miles of that track...
    The orange track, with the four-inch hard-plastic tongues to connect? Sure!
    YES!!! Sizzlers with the orange track, maroon connectors, and the charging station that looked like a gas pump. In fact, a few years back they reissued the whole Sizzler line of cars and accessories and I bought a few cars and the charging station gas pump. I have a vinyl carrying case of vintage 70's Hot Wheels squirreled away somewhere, and I think there are 2-3 original Sizzlers in the case.

    This AR Hot Wheels idea looks pretty interesting and potentially a lot of fun. I hope they set up display demos in stores so you can try it out. It's a bummer that the car only runs for one minute before it needs to be recharged. 
    I had a Sizzlers Fat Track racing set and the track was black not orange. The orange track was for the regular Mattel Hot Wheels. Correction: I believe there were orange Sizzler tracks but they were for tricks and single cars only???
    edited February 16
  • Reply 9 of 15
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,011member
    larz2112 said:

    It's a bummer that the car only runs for one minute before it needs to be recharged. 

     Depends on how long they take to recharge. 

    lolliver
  • Reply 10 of 15
    It's not like we used to slap the *&^% out of each other with that track...
    HA! Exactly!
  • Reply 11 of 15
    mistergsf said:
    larz2112 said:
    Anybody else remember the Hot Wheels Sizzlers cars from the 70s?  I still have about 6,371 miles of that track...
    The orange track, with the four-inch hard-plastic tongues to connect? Sure!
    YES!!! Sizzlers with the orange track, maroon connectors, and the charging station that looked like a gas pump.
    I had a Sizzlers Fat Track racing set and the track was black not orange. The orange track was for the regular Mattel Hot Wheels. Correction: I believe there were orange Sizzler tracks but they were for tricks and single cars only???
    You're right. We couldn't afford the Fat Track racing sets, so we had to make do with the orange track. <cue the violins>  ;D
    edited February 17
  • Reply 12 of 15
    cornchip said:
    larz2112 said:

    It's a bummer that the car only runs for one minute before it needs to be recharged. 

     Depends on how long they take to recharge. 

    The ones I bought in 2008 take 90 seconds to charge, and on the package it also says that the car will run for five minutes on one charge. Maybe the AI author was confused and the new ones take a minute to charge rather than run for just a minute between charges.


    edited February 17
  • Reply 13 of 15
    Wow, I forgot how much Sizzler stuff I bought back in 2008.

  • Reply 14 of 15
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,258member
    CobraGuy said:
    Hot Wheels are cool but $200?

    Good luck....
    That's typical pricing for the new generation of computer controlled racing cars.    Hell...a small box of branded (like Star Wars) Legos are $50 and a large set is $160.  Look at the price for a digital racing set with two cars

     
  • Reply 15 of 15
    dewmedewme Posts: 1,244member
    I think it's very cool that Mattel and others are finding ways to bring modern technology into traditional hands-on hobbies like gravity racing cars, slot cars, and radio controlled cars, planes, and boats. Virtual this and virtual that is okay, but at some point being able to physically hold something in your hands, work on it, and interact with it in the physical world is immensely rewarding and valuable. I can speak from personal experience that hobbies like these can light a spark of inquisitiveness in children that leads to interests in mechanics, electronics, and delving into ways to make things work better and faster. When you then add in computing related technology you've started to fill out some of he basic building blocks of what's now called "mechatronics," which will be one of the most in-demand technical disciplines for the foreseeable future. Some of the kids who have this spark ignited at an early age will go on to become engineers or technical specialists in the many industries that make use of the same technical foundation that these "toys" are based on. 
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