Our team has begun to develop a home-based laser-tag system. This will be accomplished by combining several systems interactively. Our Laser tag system will consist of:
A sensor and light vest
A Phaser (or gun)
A central Control Hub
An Android Application
Our Central hub will be powered using a Raspberry Pi computer, as seen to the right. This small unit utilizes an ARM processor and the power of the Linux operating system to create a small, yet powerful computer. This computer will be running the main game server, which will communicate with the phaser and gun units using Wi-Fi.
The Android application will be developed using Google's android integrated development environment. The main purpose of the application is to allow players to check in-game rankings and statistics of players mid-play. Another function of the application will be to be able to alter game settings, add and remove players, and to initialize new games. The statistics of the player and the game will be relayed to the user using the application. This will allow all players who use our system to keep track of their statistics from game to game.
The Phaser and sensor vest will be considered the remote units of the system. During the course of the game, each player will be in pocession of a vest, and a phaser. The vest will consist of many Infrared photoresistors which will alert the system that the player has been shot. This will activate the lights on the vest as an indication of this fact. The Phaser will also be able to be adjusted, based on the performance of the player. When a player is doing well, beneficial features will be unlocked, such as burst-fire or a laser sight.