Now, a “smart” model train set

Intelino unveils smart train set
Intelino has unveiled a "smart" model train set with a number of intelligent features to enhance safety and maximize the fun factor. (Intelino)

Intelligent technology is becoming a given in the appliances, vehicles, and other items we use on a daily basis. Now, the classic toy train set is receiving a jolt of the same high technology. Intelino has unveiled its intelino smart train, which the company says can be used by children as young as 3 years old.

According to the company, the intelino smart train incorporates smart tracks, smart train, and precise color snaps. Completing the set is a sheet of decals to customize the look of the train cars, a USB charging cable, and a quick-start guide. Not surprisingly, there’s a mobile app that gift recipients can download to manually drive the train. 

All track pieces have built-in slots for action snaps. The track's design is carefully optimized for speeds up to 3.3 feet per second. Plastic snap-on tiles of different colors can easily be placed on and off the tracks. These are used to control the train’s actions like steering, speed, movement, the magnetic wagon coupler and more. The smart train comes with 17 default action snap commands.

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One of the interesting technical features is the use of optical sensors in the train that tracks the train’s speed while helping maintain a consistent speed regardless of the train’s carrying load. The train’s smart engine is powered by a 32-bit ARM microcontroller with BLE wireless connectivity.

The smart train retails for $99.95 and is available for pre-order at


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