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Laser Tag Mobile App Integration Changing Everything

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Today is a monumental day for Laser Tag Pro. It was Christmas time in 2012 when our CEO, Aaron Fischer, held the very first webinar and talked about how he would build a more versatile laser tag system for business owners. By combining laser tag with smartphone technology he would merge the gap between laser tag and modern video games to create a better player experience. In fact, some of you remember this because you attended that same webinar in search of something more capable than equipment of the past. Not only did you believe in our vision but you also put faith in us to make it happen. For this we are always grateful. Through all the challenges of a new company forging its way in the world of technology, we are excited to announce that the vision of yesterday has become today’s reality! Ok…enough of the sappy stuff let’s talk about what’s new from Laser Tag Pro!

EDGE 2.3 is Now Live!

Your Laser Tag Pro system is getting one of its biggest updates to date with the release of EDGE 2.3. We have some powerful features in store for the newest version of EDGE that are going to propel your business to the next level of tech integration. Convenient new EDGE options, the emergence of CallSign’s “HUD”, and some massive audio upgrades are here!

Audio Integration for EDGE

When you load up the new EDGE 2.3, a good place to start is the Sounds tab. You will find a list of new audio options that will enhance the experience on your battlefield. Now, not only can you queue up and sync music tracks for each of your games, you can activate voice announcements that can be pumped right into your sound system. These announcements report changes that take place on the battlefield providing your players with interesting notifications about key gameplay events. Messages such as “Red Team has taken the lead!” or “2 Minutes Remaining” heighten the experience. How about “First Blood”, an announcement triggered when the very first kill of the game is achieved. We have given you default sounds for each announcement type and you are welcome to add more under the global Sounds menu (upper row of tabs). No need for a piece of third party software or staff shouting on the field, EDGE will do the work for you!

In response to your feedback, we’ve added several convenient features to EDGE that will make your life easier! Opening EDGE 2.3, you will notice a “copy” button on the game, weapon, player type, and accessory screens. With this feature, you can quickly create variations of your favorite game modes or weapons and save them as separate records. We’ve added timing rules that let you activate/deactivate your boxes at various intervals throughout the game. To use the timing rules, add a Utility Box to a game and select a box type like respawn box, domination box, etc. Once the box is assigned, you can select the drop down arrow to configure the timing rules, just one more way EDGE gives you greater control over your battlefield. On the user side, gun names other than LTP1, LTP2, LTP3…can be added manually through the EDGE interface; this is an especially useful feature if CallSign is not an option for your event.

As you explore the new features in EDGE, be sure to do a bit of maintenance on your business profile screen. Take a moment to add “Working Hours” so players with CallSign can see your hours of operation. Under Profile, you will also notice an “Update License Key” button.  Click this button to open the license key entry screen which allows you to enter your most recent code. We are always interested in your continued thoughts on EDGE. Feel free to send us suggestions at http://lasertagpro.com/customer-suggestions-and-feedback-form/ if you have ideas or features you would like to see in future releases of EDGE! You will find EDGE 2.3 with the new firmware live in the customer portal now!

CallSign App Heads-Up Display for Laser Tag

laser tag app in stock of gunCallSign beta debuted in May 2016 and made history as the first integrated smartphone app for the commercial laser tag industry on both Android and iOS. Along with the release of EDGE 2.3, we’re excited to announce a major update to CallSign that brings a much anticipated feature, the new HUD display. For the first time ever players’ devices will be integrated directly into the battlefield during play! See your health, ammo, current streak, kill confirmation, in game notifications, and even the direction from which you are taking damage. With CallSign, you have access to real-time intel right on your phone. With this one-of-a-kind software, your business will lead the pack with the most advanced laser tag experience ever CREATED!  

Callsign App User Interface

The app interface received some new features including swipe gestures and enhancements to the business info screen. The update provides greater overall usability with a more attractive design and improvements to the reward redemption system. For business owners using EDGE’s Ranking Settings, your players can unlock weapons and redeem custom rewards. Want to offer a free soda for reaching level 5? You can do it. Your players can simply show your staff the reward which is then redeemable right on the device. A time stamp feature shows them when a reward was redeemed. This function provides a huge value-add for players and gives them more reasons to keep coming back.

Voice Profiles in Laser Tag?

CallSign does another first for the laser tag industry with this next feature which can only be found in modern video games. Gamers love to customize and “mod” their characters. CallSign now gives players the opportunity to differentiate themselves at businesses with Gen 4 equipment through the use of voice profiles. There are currently 18 voice profiles available giving your customers a variety of choices to personalize their experience. You can preview the voices now on CallSign by downloading it for iOS or Android. You’ll find them under the Store tab. For running your equipment offline, you can still take advantage of this great feature by selecting a voice profile from the Player Type menu, right on your gun!



Our Teams Vision

These updates may mark a chapter of completion for some of our original goals but you can trust that the scope of our teams vision has only gotten bigger! There are many new projects in the pipeline for both hardware and software and our passion for this game will continue driving us to create the most cutting EDGE experience in the industry. Expect more fun things from us in the coming months…..but on this day, our Heavy says it best…The Battle is Ours”.

EDGE 2.0 Release Update

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EDGE 2.0 is availableedge-terminal on the Laser Tag Pro customer portal for current subscribers. This download contains Gun and Utility Box firmware in addition to the new EDGE 2.0 software. An official, general release will become available next week. If you would rather not wait, the software is now available for you to experiment with the new features! Your subscription will need to be ported to a new license database if you are going to take an early look at the software. Email software@lasertagpro.com to request conversion of your license key and one of our staff will help you with the process.

We will be holding a Webinar on Wednesday, April 20, at 5:30pm (Central) to showcase the new features and answer your questions. The meeting is titled, Software Essentials: EDGE 2.0 Release, CallSign, and EDGE Terminal, please make plans to attend. Click Here to join the meeting.

EDGE 2.0 and Callsign Official Release

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Laser Tag Pro customers can look forward to 2016 as the most exciting year yet for the company! Our schedule is jam packed with new projects, exciting opportunities, and of course, the next phase of our commercial software. In 2015, EDGE 1.0 gave Laser Tag Pro operators a centralized hub for controlling their equipment and configuring their game settings. The software eliminated the need for cloning individual guns or changing settings manually. The amount of control EDGE offers business owners is truly amazing and it is exciting to learn about all of the ways our customers are using it to improve their operations.

EDGE 2.0 Update

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day…the same goes for game changing software. We have worked diligently, increased the size of our team, and dedicated additional resources to ensure EDGE is the most immersive and forward thinking game engine that the laser tag industry has ever had to offer. EDGE is an essential tool for your business that improves the overall customer experience and ultimately, the profitability of your company. After heavy gameplay testing and feedback from our growing customer base we are excited to officially announce that EDGE 2.0 is ready for release! Version 2.0 makes many improvements upon the first by offering greater control, improved stability, fresh game options, integrated audio, and most importantly…communication with CallSign!

CallSign – Commercial Laser Tag’s First Mobile Application

callsign-app-accountIf you didn’t know this already CallSign is a unique mobile application that allows players to interact with your business, track stats, level up, unlock weapons, and socialize with their friends. These features will help you better engage customers, always keeping them coming back for more. There is no other app on the market that is like CallSign. In fact, we’ve done a broad search and found that Laser Tag Pro may be the first commercial laser tag manufacturer to launch an integrated cell phone app to specifically enhance the in-game experience. This means your business and players will get to be part of laser tag history! CallSign will be made available for Android phones along with the release of EDGE 2.0; the iOS version will be quick to follow!

Engaging a Larger Audience

By leveraging new technology and integrating it into the gameplay, a new genre of laser tag is emerging and we believe it will appeal to a wider audience. Laser Tag Pro has exhibited at some of the largest and most recognizable technology trade-shows in the world and we have been able to make connections with big names in gaming and media. For example, the announcement of the BRX at CES 2016 has drawn interest from mainstream tech websites and media personalities who might have never paid attention to laser tag in the past. This attention has put our message in front of hundreds-of-thousands of techies and gamers over the past several weeks with a message that our gaming concepts are unlike anything else on the market.

EDGE Admin App

EDGE is your game engine, CallSign is the player’s interface, but you might be wondering how the two are connected. Well if you are following us on Facebook, then you probably saw pictures last weekend of our all new Admin tablet app. We have been fairly quiet about its development and today, we are excited to fill you in on some details. The Admin tablet app is a powerful tool that speeds the CallSign creation process and helps you manage the crowd of players waiting to get into a game! The Admin app will maximize your throughput which is so very important for any laser tag business.  Players can quickly create a new CallSign or login to your business with their existing CallSign on tablets that you have setup at your venue. After login, your staff can use the Admin app to activate players, change teams, and control gun assignments, effectively connecting players’ CallSigns to your EDGE system. Future design additions to the Admin app include game lobby administration, mission start/stop, and in-game player management all with the touch of a finger. Your staff will be able to move freely about your battlefield having full control over the experience with a convenient Admin tablet. Oh, and for those of you who are subscribed to EDGE, expect to get the Admin app – absolutely free!

EDGE Release Date Announced

As you read this, EDGE 2.0 and the Admin app are live and functioning at our test facility in Milwaukee which means the general software release is right around the corner! EDGE 2.0 is scheduled for release on April 14, 2016! Make sure to check back often, we’ll have updates explaining new developments and features as the release date approaches.

Stock Improvements to Gen 4 and New Gun Prototype 

Beyond the excitement of EDGE and CallSign, the Battle Rifle Pro and Battle Rifle XL have also received some updates. The weapon creation and player type menus were upgraded giving you more access to powerful features and audio options available on your equipment. These new features continue to demonstrate why the Battle Rifle is the most robust piece of laser tag hardware that money can buy. If you haven’t read about the changes, take time to do so. We’ll have a new review video in the near future so you can get a closer look at all of these great upgrades! Also keep your eyes open for a brand new gun model. We will post photos on our facebook page sometime next week!

The First Live Action Gaming Console Emerges from Advancements in Laser Tag Technology

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Laser Tag Pro to Release the BRX in 2016

Milwaukee, WI – January 11, 2016 – The future of live combat gaming has arrived. Laser Tag Pro, a Milwaukee-based laser tag design and manufacturing company, has developed what many are calling the first ever live-action gaming console. The BRX is a premium laser tag that pairs to your smartphone via bluetooth and is designed to bring your favorite FPS games to life. With the popularity of this genre and rising demand for experiential entertainment, the BRX is a much needed upgrade to the live action gaming scene.

The BRX is a full-sized, bolt-action laser tag rifle with rumble feedback and an impressive range of over 600 feet in full sunlight. It is updatable over USB, has amazing sound quality, and comes equipped with customizable games. The unit itself is more powerful than any consumer laser tag product of the past and even surpasses the technology found in a majority of commercial laser tag systems.

“Being a commercial laser tag manufacturer we understand the intricacies of outdoor combat. This project comes from a tremendous amount of R&D, 6+ years actually. Oh, and of course countless hours of playing video games,” laughs Aaron Fischer, CEO and Founder of Laser Tag Pro.”

Callsign Mobile Application

Laser Tag Pro is currently developing an app, CallSign, which will allow you to download new games from its digital store, similar to how today’s video game consoles distribute content. Each game you purchase is said to offer a unique experience for your BRX with its own set of graphics, sounds, and gameplay elements. During games, your phone’s LCD becomes a heads-up-display that shows health, armor, ammunition, status effects, notifications, and real time scoring. With the phone’s camera, special QR codes can be scanned allowing players to respawn, grab power weapons, capture flags, and plant explosives. A lobby system is also in development for players to create and host games for other players in the community.

Laser Tag Pro is also working on a variety of integrated accessories that add distinctive player abilities, battlefield customization, and depth to the game. The new wireless headset is one that is already complete and will ship with the BRX unit. It’s equipped with sensors that receive damage illuminating ultrabright LEDs that are highly visible at greater distances. Besides taking damage, the wireless headset can also give damage. “Our headsets are an important piece of the system and unlike anything else on the market.” says Fischer. “They unlock new game mechanics like splash damage, pass through effects, and abilities that were never possible before. They even detect what direction you were shot from.” Beyond that Fischer states,”this is just the beginning’” and that his team has a “plethora of prototype accessories” which involve everything from a laser bow and grenades, to specialty melee weapons. One of the unique melee weapons is in actual lightsaber with the ability to attack players, use special powers, and even deflect enemies bullets. Fischer says, “By adding accessories we have created the most complete live action gaming system that ever existed! This is the first platform where guns, grenades, and melee weapons all interact together in a very intuitive way. It’s really exciting, and we believe people will love it!”

Fischer believes they have found a sweet spot that blends technology and real world gaming in a way that makes sense. He notes,

“Companies are investing billions of dollars in VR technology to make people feel like they are really in the game. Why not start with the real world and use technology to bring those games to life?”

Laser Tag Pro is expecting deliveries of the BRX to begin in June 2016 which means it could be in your hands as early as this summer. Don’t miss your opportunity to be one of the first owners of the BRX. Go to LaserTagPro.com/the-brx now to see the equipment or place your pre-order. Visit Facebook.com/OutdoorLaserTag or Twitter.com/LaserTagPro to keep up with product release information and the most up to date news.