Real Life Mario Kart With RFID-Tagged Power-Ups
If you owned a SNES in your youth, you probably spent many, many hours racing around Koopa Beach, Ghost Valley, Rainbow Road, and Choco Island—these were some of the tracks that could be found in Super Mario Kart, a game that you could lose days of your life to. The great thing about it was the fact you could pick up different power-ups, laying an opponent to waste with the dreaded red shell or speeding past them using a mushroom.
Such is its enduring appeal that the hackers at Waterloo Labs created a real-life version of the game where they got to ride around in go carts and not just dress up in stupid outfits, but also grab RFID-tagged icons that changed the behavior of the go carts—creating a real-life version of the power-ups. This meant they also had to hack the go carts so that the gas, brakes, and steering could be altered when different icons were picked up.
You can check out a full overview of the project over on their site.