It’s a video game you play on your smartphone, but you use real-life drones instead of the kind you see on a screen.
Imagine if you could play your favorite computer game, in real life, with a drone. TobyRich.Vegas is an airplane-shaped drone that allows you to simulate warfare from your smart phone by controlling an indoor and outdoor drone. The smartphone app allows you to control the drone for up to 20 minutes.
The drone can compete in dogfights, races and stunts, all while earning gaming points.
Although there are many drone enthusiasts who use them to face off against other drones, TobyRich claims it has created the first drone that is designated specifically for gaming.
Each game starts with a random allocation of weapons and defense systems to each player, including rockets, bombs, electronic warfare, flares and armor. Each weapon has its own unique characteristics such as level of impact, range, speed or number of shots.
Based on the distance to the other player you can select weapons and defense systems to use.
If you like, you can combine long range missiles with the effectiveness of electronic warfare to turn off the radar of the other player. You can select rockets for long distance shots and go for your board gun if you are at close range! The combination of the right weapons and defense strategy is your only way to victory.
Roll the drone to dodge rockets as a pilot, or simply duck and cover with the phone to protect yourself from attacks as an anti-aircraft shooter.
But this is not the fantasy or make believe of a computer game. This is happening in the real world, with drones. Obviously, you will want to find a safe place to conduct this mock warfare. The TobyRich.Vegas Kickstarter campaign can be found here.
Check out my interview with Tobias Dazenko, Founder and Managing Director of TobyRich drones.
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