A group of engineers from the National Instruments at Waterloo Labs recently developed a system that brings the popular Nintendo video game, "Mario Kart", to life. Watch as they race around the track in the tricked out go-karts with micro-processors, pressure systems for shell shooting, and servo motors. The infamous stars, shells, bananas, and even chain chomps are real as ever. The micro-processor helps the go-kart react accordingly when going over a banana (swiveling off the road) peel or as the user collects a star (speed boost).
Unfortunately, Waterloo labs will not commercialize the course but commented by saying, "all of the designs and code are available and WLL would be thrilled to help someone set up a system just like it.”
For a more in-depth look at all the work that went into making real-world Mario Karts, check out the Waterloo Labs website for the project overview as well as the source code.