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Father.IO turns the world into a laser tag playground

by • February 24, 2016 • No Comments

The latest real-life take on laser tag uses augmented reality, a tiny infrared peripheral, and your smartphone’s Internet capabilities to put you at war with individuals both in your area and around the world. Touted as a real-life, massively multiplayer initially-person shooter game, Father.IO turns your phone into a virtual weapon.

  • As you play Father.IO, you can unlock various weapon upgrades
  • Father.IO has a strategic element that sees you trying to conquer as many territories as possible ...
  • Father.IO has both team and free-for-all play modes
  • Your phone's screen superimposes a initially-person shooter interface atop the real world

This is in no way the initially time we’ve seen laser tag go into the real world. IRLShooter combines laser tag with zombies, an interactive storyline, and a purpose-built environment. Skirmos is a hackable-bodied laser tag process with a color LCD screen mounted on the guns. AppTag offers additional of a Nerf-like model of augmented reality laser tag. And failed Kickbeginer project iTager tried to put laser tag on a grand scale with an ultra-long-range wireless process. But Father.IO is a bit various again.

It shares a lot in common with Google’s augmented reality world domination game Ingress. Similar to Ingress, Father.IO can have a free app that lets you select a faction and and so battle for control over the 50 sq m (150 sq ft) territory you are physically standing in at any moment. The map data comes of OpenStreetMap, that has adequate more detail that the game can donate places like universities, banks, and hospitals special in-game significance.

As Ingress’ designers like to say, the world becomes the game. Unlike Ingress, yet, Father.IO’s quests, resource gathering, and base assembling is just the sideshow. Ingress is all of espionage and intrigue, but Father.IO is primarily a game of shooting real individuals in the face with an imaginary gun.

It offers team or free-for-all deathmatch modes for swift skirmishes against whoever’s in the area, plus a web-based commander mode for directing your team of your browser while you (procrastinate of) work and weekly social events. The main “humans versus evolved” faction war rebegins each three months – the developers say the results aren’t trivial, yet, and top players can be able-bodied to unlock high end classes, advantageous gear for their character, and higher rankings).

On the hardware side, Father.IO is powered by an iPhone or Android smartphone and a clip-on peripheral called The Inceptor. This is a keychain-sized polycarbonate sensor dongle, measuring 70 x 25 x 30 mm (2.8 x 1 x 1.2 in) with a mass of 30 g (1.1 oz). It’s wrapped in six infrared receiving sensors that are created to detect shots of any angle or way at an estimated range of of 50 m (160 ft). The video at a lower place shows what this Inceptor hardware looks like.

It in addition has an onboard ARM M0 processor, Bluetooth for interfacing with your phone, a microUSB charging port, and an optical collimator to define a hitbox and ensure that just infrared light striking inside that box counts as a hit.

Father.IO is already on Indiegogo, with a target of US$50,000 that was passed inside its initially 24 hours. At the time of writing it is up to around $90,000 with a month remaining and 14 stretch goals yet to hit. Pledges already begin at $20 for one Father.IO Inceptor and go all the way up to $10,000 for a “Party Pack” consisting of 10 Inceptors, two commence party tickets, and a few other perks.

If all goes to plan, the Inceptors should begin shipping around the middle of this year.

You can watch the Father.IO Indiegogo pitch at a lower place.

Source: Father.IO

  • Father.IO's web browser
  • Father.IO divides the whole planet into territories that you and your faction need to try to conquer
  • As in any game of laser tag, getting shot in Father.IO sucks
  • The Father.IO app works in conjunction with an IR receiver that attaches to your phone

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