xScape Games

xScape Games

xScape Games

xScape Games

Overview

As founder of xScape Games, I led a team of robotic engineers to build an augmented reality robotic gaming platform. The technology enabled a “Real World MarioKart” experience with RC cars.

The Problem 

Online gaming has created multiple generations of people who are disconnected from real-world interactions. Unlike the old days when multiplayer games were played on a couch or at an arcade with friends, gamers are now “alone together”.

Areas

0-1 Product
Frontier Tech
AR
Robotics
Location Based Community
New Gaming Experience

Period

2017-2021

xScape Games

Overview

As founder of xScape Games, I led a team of robotic engineers to build an augmented reality robotic gaming platform. The technology enabled a “Real World MarioKart” experience with RC cars.

The Problem 

Online gaming has created multiple generations of people who are disconnected from real-world interactions. Unlike the old days when multiplayer games were played on a couch or at an arcade with friends, gamers are now “alone together”.

Areas

0-1 Product
Frontier Tech
AR
Robotics
Location Based Community
New Gaming Experience

Period

2017-2021

xScape Games

Overview

As founder of xScape Games, I led a team of robotic engineers to build an augmented reality robotic gaming platform. The technology enabled a “Real World MarioKart” experience with RC cars.

The Problem 

Online gaming has created multiple generations of people who are disconnected from real-world interactions. Unlike the old days when multiplayer games were played on a couch or at an arcade with friends, gamers are now “alone together”.

Areas

0-1 Product
Frontier Tech
AR
Robotics
Location Based Community
New Gaming Experience

Period

2017-2021


Project Challenges

  • Fundraising for a high-risk consumer hardware startup

  • Navigating go-to-market options driven by consumer hardware economics

Innovations

  • Invented a proprietary low-latency, low-cost wireless video technology that was 40% faster than any alternatives on the market

  • Developed a high speed, low cost computer vision mapping system

  • Connected like minded RC car enthusiasts through a unique location-based companion app 

User Research

  • Conducted one year of user research with 440 gamers and 5 vehicle prototypes

  • Built and tested a plug-and-play consumer version

  • Built and tested an AR camera kit version for RC car hobbyists

  • Built and tested an out-of-home entertainment version for location-based events and amusement parks

  • Created the world's largest location-based RC community app, validating the core concept in 3 months

Results and Outcomes

  • Signed $1M LOI based on MVP

  • Created go-to-market strategy to bootstrap product launch and capture $500M space

xScape Games demonstrated the potential of reviving a joyful childhood activity—RC cars—by integrating modern social gaming components and appealing to a large adult audience. By connecting people in the real world through unique shared gaming experiences, xScape Games transformed any location into a vibrant gaming arena, ensuring participants never felt "alone together."


Project Challenges

  • Fundraising for a high-risk consumer hardware startup

  • Navigating go-to-market options driven by consumer hardware economics

Innovations

  • Invented a proprietary low-latency, low-cost wireless video technology that was 40% faster than any alternatives on the market

  • Developed a high speed, low cost computer vision mapping system

  • Connected like minded RC car enthusiasts through a unique location-based companion app 

User Research

  • Conducted one year of user research with 440 gamers and 5 vehicle prototypes

  • Built and tested a plug-and-play consumer version

  • Built and tested an AR camera kit version for RC car hobbyists

  • Built and tested an out-of-home entertainment version for location-based events and amusement parks

  • Created the world's largest location-based RC community app, validating the core concept in 3 months

Results and Outcomes

  • Signed $1M LOI based on MVP

  • Created go-to-market strategy to bootstrap product launch and capture $500M space

xScape Games demonstrated the potential of reviving a joyful childhood activity—RC cars—by integrating modern social gaming components and appealing to a large adult audience. By connecting people in the real world through unique shared gaming experiences, xScape Games transformed any location into a vibrant gaming arena, ensuring participants never felt "alone together."


Project Challenges

  • Fundraising for a high-risk consumer hardware startup

  • Navigating go-to-market options driven by consumer hardware economics

Innovations

  • Invented a proprietary low-latency, low-cost wireless video technology that was 40% faster than any alternatives on the market

  • Developed a high speed, low cost computer vision mapping system

  • Connected like minded RC car enthusiasts through a unique location-based companion app 

User Research

  • Conducted one year of user research with 440 gamers and 5 vehicle prototypes

  • Built and tested a plug-and-play consumer version

  • Built and tested an AR camera kit version for RC car hobbyists

  • Built and tested an out-of-home entertainment version for location-based events and amusement parks

  • Created the world's largest location-based RC community app, validating the core concept in 3 months

Results and Outcomes

  • Signed $1M LOI based on MVP

  • Created go-to-market strategy to bootstrap product launch and capture $500M space

xScape Games demonstrated the potential of reviving a joyful childhood activity—RC cars—by integrating modern social gaming components and appealing to a large adult audience. By connecting people in the real world through unique shared gaming experiences, xScape Games transformed any location into a vibrant gaming arena, ensuring participants never felt "alone together."

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