First shown off at CES a few weeks ago, the Hot Wheels Video Racer is every little boy’s dream come true. Who hasn’t played with toy cars and dreamed of taking video of it in-motion, from the perspective of the driver?
The Video Racer has its own little camera inside, pointing straight forward where the car’s grill usually is. Press record, and the Racer will record up to 12 minutes of video. Flip the Racer over, and you’ll find a mini LCD screen on the car’s undercarriage. You can play back your clips instantly on the Racer’s screen, or download your video to your PC or Mac to save them. No idea what the resolution is, but I wouldn’t expect high-def. It can record up to 60 frames per second, though, which isn’t bad.
Mattel is even shipping the Video Racer with its own editor software, which is built with “click-and-drag” simplicity for kids, so they can edit clips, and add sound and effects. (The Racer itself is just a camera — it doesn’t record audio.) An extra accessory will let you clip your Racer to another device like a skateboard or a helmet.
The Hot Wheels Video Racer will go on sale this Fall, in a variety of car models, for a MSRP of $59.99. Watch it in action: