Bluetooth drives slot-car track racing stats

10 March 2014

Now you can use a smartphone while driving – as long as it is the Scalextric RCS with Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51822 SoCs.

By buying any one of three (entry-level to higher end) plug and play track accessories, users will be able to add race statistics and functionality to the Scalextric RCS (Race Control System), winner of the Best New Toys 2014 award at the London Toy Fair.

The free Scalextric-developed app that includes race type, driver names, number of laps and times, fastest lap, fuel levels, tyre wear levels, throttle response, as well as (optional) pit lanes and wireless controllers.


The entry-level, analogue RCS One (wired), the medium-level RCS Air (wireless), and the top-end digital RCS Pro (wireless) allow users to wirelessly create and manage races via an app running on a compatible Bluetooth Smart Ready device; downloadable from either the Apple App Store or Google Play store.
  
In addition, Scalextric has developed the optional Hand Throttle wireless controllers that employ proprietary Nordic nRF24LE1 2.4GHz SoCs to provide the wireless connectivity between the controller and the Powerbase track accessory, and optional pit lanes. 
 
With the addition of a single Powerbase track, users can bring Scalextric into the 21st century with racing features and statistics, using existing slot cars, that even a few years ago would have been considered impossible to achieve on a mass-market consumer toy product, says the company. 
 
The company puts it:  instead of having a toy that plugs into an app, we have an app that plugs into an existing much-loved toy to make it even more fun and exciting to use.
 
Scalextric RCS will be available later this year.


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