We might not have real working hoverboards yet, but Scalextric has somehow done the impossible with a slot car set that allows up to six individually controlled cars to race on a single two-lane track. Clever engineering or just downright sorcery?
The Scalextric Digital series uses a special control unit that assigns each car a unique ID so that even though two vehicles might be sharing the same lane, they can each be controlled by a different pistol grip remote. That's simply mind-blowing. You can even tweak the cars' handling and sensitivity for novice or experienced drivers, or handicap a particularly skilled racer to level the playing field.
The $US800 Scalextric Digital Platinum set, which Pocket-lint put through its paces, even comes with a highly detailed set of sports cars including pairs of Porshce 997s, Lamborghini Gallardo GTs and Audi R8s.
While passing obviously isn't so easy when your car's locked to a lane with a guidepin, the course includes optional cross-overs, and there seems to be more emphasis on simply running your opponents off the road when you head into a corner. Somehow this just gets better and better. [Scalextric via Pocket-lint]