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Hey, /o/, I don't know much about cars, and I need some advice.
Last night, I was circling my block looking for parking, and another fellow stopped short ahead of me. I hit the brakes, but my car was over a patch of ice and barely slowed. I tapped the other guy, and scratched and slightly dislocated his bumper. (My car wasn't so lucky, and the bumper was shattered.)
Since the damage was so minor, and we knew each other from the neighborhood, we agreed that he'd take it into a body shop we both knew and trusted, and I'd pay the bill.
This morning, I got a call - the repair estimate is $1000. That's triple what I expected to be paying.
Is this a reasonable cost? It looked to my untrained eye like all it needed was some paint and a good banging back on to the car body.
At this cost, I won't be able to afford to repair my car, or buy Christmas presents, or pay my electrical bill. Or anything, really.
What should I do? Am I being scammed?
Toy race cars display uncanny (artificial) intelligence on Anki's track
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Has anyone else seen or heard about these little fuckers?
"Imagine a set of Hot Wheels cars, only they're racing against each other on their own — careening around a race track, blocking and side-swiping one another. Oh, and they also have rockets and hood-mounted lasers so they can shoot at one another.
No, it's not a video game. This is Anki Drive, the new toy/augmented-reality hybrid from robotics startup Anki, which officially launched this week. The $199 kit, first introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, combines two miniature toy cars and a 3.5-ft. by 8.5-ft. racing mat with an iOS app, so players can duel using both remote control and artificial intelligence.
Anki Drive may seem reminiscent of new games that combine physical toys with virtual gameplay such as Activision's Skylanders franchise and Disney Interactive's "Disney Infinity," but it's not the same thing. "We're doing the inverse of what Skylanders is doing," Hanns Tappeiner, one of Anki's three co-founders, told NBC News. "Our game takes place in the real world, rather than on the screen."
While a game like Skylanders primarily uses the toys to feed the software on the screen, Anki wanted to create real toys that are guided by software."