iTager Creates Mega-Scale Laser Tag
If you ever played laser tag as a kid…okay, or as an adult, you know that it’s a pretty simple game to understand. Just shoot your opponent with the laser, hit the target on a vest or jacket and rack up some points, right? Well now, iTager has re-created the game on a whole new level.
iTager is making it possible to turn a small game of laser tag into an event with over one million players on the battlefield. iTager has created a system that is fully-wireless and has remote controllable systems that are able to function in any weather conditions. The systems allows users to have a 2,500 foot battlefield to play laser tag on.
The main issue with other laser tag systems like this one is range, accuracy and many other factors. “They sought to overcome these constraints in areas such as range, accuracy, reliability, and damage resistance, and have now assembled five working prototypes that have been successfully tested outdoors in the team’s native Russia.”
iTager creates a unique laser tag arena unlike the typical standard systems. This system cuts the wires between the laser tag weapon and the hit sensor. This allows the user to freely move around the arena without any constraints. The system has a powerful battery that allows up to 50 hours of play time. The system can be run by a computer or smartphone. The device running the program is able to track players positions by GPS and it is able to keep real-time stream of scoring data. The system even has 10 different game modes to choose from.
This sophisticated system merges the digital world with the real world to create a more realistic augmented gaming environment. Other activities like augmented reality rock climbing are merging technology with hobbies to give them an interactive twist and a way to track activity. Looking at the business world, GPS tracking systems like what is used in iTager could also be utilized on construction jobsites to monitor where all employees are at all times to track workflow and safety. What other types of industries or gaming systems do you think could benefit from this technology?