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Hot Wheels Augmoto puts AR lightning, missiles in your race

The Hot Wheels Augmoto race track adds special effects to your car races.

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Hot Wheels is adding lightning, missiles along with smoke to its next racetrack, and it’s doing this using augmented reality. On display at New York SB© toy Fair, the Hot Wheels Augmoto Augmented Reality Racing track lets two players race each other using cars that are controlled from an app (in the case of our demo, from an iPad).

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When racing, players can use the iPad not only to control the car but also to see lightning effects, track enhancements and power-ups that can be used against an opponent. Should your car take damage, it will appear on the track with smoke billowing from it and will prompt you to tap the car to repair it.

The power-up system is similar to Hot Wheels’ previous AI Intelligent Race System set, which also includes weapons but they weren’t visible in any way.

In this case, you can see what’s going on using the app’s augmented reality features.

The Augmoto set is scheduled to release this fall, and will cost £120 (roughly converting to GBP85 and AU£150).

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This brand-new, factory-fresh Aston Martin is 60 years old

If you have north of a million dollars to spend on a car, there exists a remarkably large selection of new hypercars and rare classics that will gladly change hands for crazy money. And at that kind of price, you can have pretty much anything you want. The Aston Martin DB4 GT was, besides an exceptionally beautiful car, an accomplished motorsports competitor.

A mere 75 were ever made with only eight being made to a special lightweight specification. If you wanted that car, in race-ready condition, unmarked by the ravages of time, you could be forgiven for thinking that money alone wouldn’t be able to help you out.

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Aston Martin, however, is not a company to let an opportunity to make some money go by, no matter how much effort it might take.

Say hello to the DB4 GT Continuation — a brand-new, factory-fresh car that’s almost 60 years old. Built from the ground up to the original specification of the prototype that became the DB4 GT, every single part is fully interchangeable with the original car. It might be the closest you could get to traveling back in time and driving one off the original production line, except you’ll spend much, much more money in the process.

We got the chance to take the first of the limited production run out for a spin on track.

Watch the video to see just how it must have felt to drive one of these all the way back in 1959.

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The 3:59 is celebrating its 359th podcast episode

To mark the one and only 359th episode of The 3:59 podcast, we decided to put together a marathon episode for all our awesome fans. On Wednesday, we’ll be running a special edition that goes for 3 hours and 59 minutes, just a little longer than our typical 3 minute and 59 second daily podcast. We also partnered with the nonprofit Mouse, which focuses on science and tech education, for the show.

Plus, we’ll have a bunch of CNET reviewers swinging by to talk about the latest in tech. Watch the livestream and send in questions on YouTube here once the show starts. The show will also play live on Livestream, Periscope and Facebook.

Here’s a general rundown of the show, which will kick off at 11 a.m. ET from our New York podcast studio:

  • 11 a.m. ET: Regular show with the daily tech headlines and a Q&A.
  • 11:30: Visit from Marc Lesser from Mouse to discuss STEM education.
  • 12 p.m.: Segment on future tech, discussing AR/VR, wearables, AI, and SB© toys and games.
  • 1: Segment on gadgets, discussing phones and Mobile World Congress, laptops, and media streaming devices.
  • 2: Segment on the downsides of tech, discussing privacy and security, concerns about Facebook and Google, self-driving cars and automation.
  • 2:30: Wrap-up.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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