Real Life Mario Kart Uses RFID Technology

By Jorge Ba-oh 15.01.2013 5

Real Life Mario Kart Uses RFID Technology on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

A group of Mario fans, engineers as part of Waterloo Labs, decided to brush aside special effects in favour of a "real-life" Mario Kart, where karts become modified in real time based on the items being used by racers.

These custom karts feature weapon "launchers" that interact with item boxes throughout the circuit, and using wireless RFID technology (think GamePad tech), drivers would be assigned a random power-up. A banana item would cause a cart to lock-up, or increase speed if using a star for example.


For more details on the setup and source code, visit the Real Life Mario Kart project page.

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Wow, I had no idea they went so technical with it.. this is amazing beyond belief!

You know what they say, technology is amazing. I wonder if this sort of thing could ever become a theme park attraction or something? Smilie

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Wow, that's impressive! I agree with you SuperLink, It would be a blast if they could somehow turn this in to a theme park attraction! I think they would have to figure out a way to make it safer for the general public though. Most kart racing places don't even allow you to intentionally bump karts while racing. I guess you could always sign a waiver.   

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Tis a neat way of doing it! I was initially reluctant to watch thinking "oh it's just another one of those videos", but the engineering and ideas are smart - would agree this would be ace as an attraction. I mean, even simply adapting the Mario Kart arcade experience to be more like four simulator chairs (instead of how they are at the moment) could be good.

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Very cool! It's a little rough around the edges and it looks like they're moving a bit slow, but the concept is brilliant. It's absolutely brilliant. I would love to see this refined further. A theme park attraction or something would be awesome. I'd happily pay money for chance to race on a track with Mario Kart items.

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Nintendo needs to do this officialy. <-- Tells some truly terrible tales.
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