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With an infrared LED laser, it also sports built-in speakers and a female USB port for data input
"The lights could correspond with different aspects of the game, says Ivanoviv. "For example your gun could turn yellow when you have an overshield, green when you have the flag or turn off entirely if you have an invisibility cloak."
The gun is powered by 9V rechargeable batteries, runs on an ATMEL 328p Arduino Bootlader and is housed by injection molded plastic casing
The gun also features a sound card which allows for even further customization
In creating an open source platform, the team hopes that the users will buy into their vision to help create something truly groundbreaking
According to the team, the Skirmos gun has a range of over 500 ft (152 m), and with a transparent shell, is able to change colors courtesy of LED lights on the inside
With radios also embedded in the guns, each device in the game is able to communicate with one another, meaning that scoring and game events are displayed live
Central to the Skirmos system, and one of several factors designed to set it apart from other laser tag systems, is the color LCD screen mounted on the gun
In addition to syncing game information across the devices, the display is central to the flexibility of the Skirmos system
Skirmos, the latest take on the laser tag system, uses a mounted heads-up display (HUD), radio-based dynamic scoring and open-source programming in an attempt bring the complex and diverse experience of the modern multi-player shooter to life
The LCD displays key game information such as a health, kill count, time, shield, and ammunition.
From Pong, to 2D platforms and onto online first person shooters, our desire for an increasingly realistic gaming experience was always going to see platforms emerge where we combat our friends, foes and flesh-eating zombies using our real-world bodies. Skirmos, the latest take on the laser tag system, uses gun-mounted LCD display, radio-based dynamic scoring and open-source programming in an attempt bring the complex and varied experience of the modern multi-player shooter to life.
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