Use Your iPhone As An Augmented Reality HUD In Your Next Game Of Lazer Tag

Use Your iPhone As An Augmented Reality HUD In Your Next Game Of Lazer Tag

My parents never let me play with them as a kid because they were afraid I’d get shot by a trigger-happy cop, which is perhaps why, to this day, I get a little giddy when I hear or read the words “LAZER TAG,” and feel myself ethereally tugged away — John Carter like — to a distant world where I am a member of the Lazer Team, policing the galaxy for perps who can be non-violently terminated by aiming my ray gun at the conveniently placed sensors strapped to their back, head and torso.

So when I saw that Hasbro has just announced the next update of their Lazer Tag guns — and that these sets actually use an iPhone or iPod touch as an augmented reality display and HUD — I immediately got excited, then disappointed as I remembered my parents wouldn’t let me have one. But wait! I’m an adult now, and as an adult, I can wave around as many plastic toy guns as I want! Hooray!

To use the Lazer Tag guns with your iPhone, you need to download a free app from the App Store, which allows you to keep track of your power levels and your gear in both virtual matches and real ones, as well as set-up multiplayer games with up to 23 other players. According to the press release:

Using either single or multi-player mode, players can engage in a LAZER TAG match featuring either real life worlds or virtual opponents. Each LAZER TAG blaster equipped with a device has a virtual firing range of over 250 feet and contains a ‘Heads Up Display’, or HUD, which allows players to keep track of their gear and remaining power, while also providing a view of the augmented reality targets and enemies in the area. A virtual leaderboard keeps track of each player’s profile and, with every successful mission, players will gain in-game access to upgradeable attacks, missions and gear.

Sounds pretty rad to me, but unfortunately, these bad boys are a long way off: the guns won’t be available until August of this year, and each gun will cost $39.99.

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