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Believe it or not, Garnet Hertz has created a real, drivable SEGA OutRun arcade machine. Mixed with augmented reality, “the video appears on a flat-screen monitor in front of the driver; Hertz has tested the car on walkways and quiet roads, but operating it is hardly a mellow experience, despite the 13mph top speed.” Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a video.
Yet all that work was simple compared with what came next. Instead of swapping the game’s screen for a windshield, the crew mounted two webcams on the cabinet, wired them to a laptop inside the car, and wrote software that converts the camera’s view of sidewalks and roads into a video of an 8-bit OutRun-style freeway.