2016 was another great year for Laser Tag Pro filled with progress and exciting new developments. We have officially moved into our newly renovated office building and we’re geared up and ready to tackle new projects in 2017.
Laser Tag Pro in Review
Some of you will remember four years ago when we introduced the Battle Rifle Pro. So much has happened since those early days. Exciting improvements have come to the Battle Rifle Pro and we saw the emergence of its bigger brother the Battle Rifle XL. As an accessory, the Utility Box has become incredibly versatile and our Wireless Headset made it possible to create even more unique game-play experiences for your customers. The BRX made its debut at CES 2016 and more recently, the BRM (metal-hybrid unit) and our new IR Grenade were at this year’s IAAPA tradeshow. Our hardware continues to prove its worth. In 2016 Laser Tag Pro equipment powered the highest throughput laser tag attraction in the world!
Laser Tag Pro Software Changes the Game
On the software side, EDGE has become the industry’s most robust game engine. Our handy tablet application, EDGE Terminal, lets you control gameplay on the go and empowers your staff to more efficiently manage your battlefield. The launch of the laser tag industry’s first mobile application, CallSign, along with our Enemy App were unprecedented and are now introducing smartphones into the game-play experience.
Laser Tag Pro Prototypes
You’ve seen our prototypes such as the Bow, Sword, and Ax which will become active parts of our system in the future. So much of what we are doing has never been seen in 30 years of laser tag which brings about a question; is Laser Tag Pro just another “laser tag company”?
Laser Tag Pro: Who Are We?
Over the last year our team has had a lot of internal discussion about our identity, our vision, and what we want to be moving forward. While – Laser Tag Pro – describes us as “experts in laser tag technology,” we feel this name does not capture the essence of what we are creating for the future of live gaming. Have you ever had to explain how your equipment is different from laser tag of the past? We all know it comes from people’s experiences with older technologies. Have you ever heard this kind of feedback before?
Same Old Laser Tag? Or Something More?
The reputation created by traditional phasers or basic mil-sim metal guns have hindered the public’s understanding of what a truly amazing live gaming experience can be. Would you buy a corded telephone today? How about a Walkman? Of course not because these have been replaced by smarter, more sophisticated technologies. To redefine the public’s perception of laser tag, we must become something more. While “Laser tag” is an aspect of what we do, our company is pursuing a greater vision for the future of gaming. Because of this, we are excited to unveil a new brand which we believe will usher in a new genre of live action entertainment for the masses and we’re calling it Battle Company!
Battle Company – Disrupting the Persona of Laser Tag
The power of our new brand will disrupt the public persona of laser tag by blending the best of video games with live-action sports. With the growth of our team and the resources of our new 13-acre property, you can expect more from our company. Whether a mobile entertainment trailer or a theme park attraction, Battle Company will offer new design services to build your attraction from the ground up. Expect some changes over the coming weeks as we roll out our new brand across our channels.
The next update from us will be about a major software release (EDGE 2.5). Let’s make 2017 the best year yet for live action gaming!
New software, app, and headquarters? That is right folks…today’s updates will feature a little of each. Letâs roll!
New Laser Tag Pro Enemy Software
The first premium add-on for EDGE has arrived and itâs via the new âEnemiesâ tab. The Enemies tab creates a brand new way for you to make money with your Laser Tag Pro equipment. With the Enemies software, you can program headsets to attack, take damage, and contribute to scoring, all while unpaired from the guns. Actors can wear a headset to become a living, moving target that players can shoot to score points. Want to make an enemy type who explodes on death? You can do it. How about a powerful boss with tons of HP worth 100 points? The Enemies menu makes it possible for you to instantly turn your equipment from a classic player-vs-player game to a player-vs-enemies game at the click of a button!
New App for Laser Tag – The Enemy App
For those that want more real-time control over their actors, the Enemy App is the answer. The Enemy App was first showcased last March and is another way to incorporate actors into live gameplay. By pairing one of our wireless headsets to a phone via Bluetooth you can program the actor to attack at predefined time intervals or upon upon taking damage. You can even program the app to attack when the enemy actor makes a gesture (our favorite)! Strap the phone to an actor using a forearm band. Now they can send off an attack with the swing of an arm. The app senses the motion using the phoneâs accelerometer and tells the headset to send the attack! This is great if you want your customers to take hits in sequence with your actorsâ motions.
You can also set the point value for each specific enemy which means you can hand out more points for boss kills. The Enemy app also communicates directly with EDGE over Wi-Fi which gives you the option to enable rankings and rewards, even when playing scenario-based games. Beyond the enemy features, weâve added the ability to create a new hostage player type. When playing a hostage game, make sure you take your time when clearing a room! A hostage player can be killed by friendly fire which will end the game. The enemy app is available now for Android devices. Just search âLaser Tag Proâ in the Google Play Store and click on âEnemy Appâ to get the program.
(Note: Using the Enemies module in EDGE or the Enemy app requires an upgrade to your EDGE subscription. Check out lasertagpro.com/subscribe-to-edge to start a subscription or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a current EDGE subscriber for upgrade options.)
EDGE 2.4 Released with CallSign Updates
Along with the premium Enemies features in EDGE 2.4, the release has general improvements and new functionality for which youâll want to take note. CallSign has also been updated and a new version will accompany the release of EDGE 2.4.
EDGE 2.4 Changes
- A play button for sampling ready and in-game music in the sounds tab.
- The ability to independently control headset and gun damage in the gun creation menu.
- A description box added to custom rewards in the ranking settings.
- Select All/Deselect All for sounds in sound tab.
- Fixes to the timing rules for accessories.
- Changed how accessories are added to a game.
- Additional weapon reload times.
- Fixes to the scrollbars on the sounds and accessories pages.
- ENEMIES TAB!
- Unlocks now save to server instead of only storing locally.
- Battlefield search only presents those that are close to your location.
- Animations have been added to level unlocks when player logs in after game or session.
New Laser Tag Pro Location
The last bit of news to share with you…we are moving! Laser Tag Pro has purchased a 13 acre property in the heart of Oak Creek, Wisconsin which will become our new homebase. The large property is furnished with 3 buildings that will provide the space needed to expand our manufacturing and entertainment operations. Our team will have both indoor and outdoor battlefields for testing which is critical to our continual R&D. Oak Creek is one of the fastest growing cities in the entire state of Wisconsin and we are excited to bring a one of kind attraction to the area. With keys in hand we will start the move in process next week. You can be excited for this property as it means better testing labs, space for new team members, improvements to our manufacturing processes, and a larger headquarters that will help us showcase the product and grow the Laser Tag Pro customer base.
At Laser Tag Pro, weâve dedicated ourselves to developing innovative features that will help you create exclusive attractions for your business. With the worldâs most advanced laser tag system, you can offer the most unique experiences that are way ahead of the competition. Stay tuned over the coming months, we will be unveiling several new and exciting projects that have been in the works. Stop by our booth (#2860) at IAAPA in Orlando this November if you want to see them in action. Laser Tag Pro, OVER AND OUT!
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 https://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
CallSign 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 is availableÂ 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 email@example.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,Â Software Essentials: EDGE 2.0 Release, CallSign, and EDGE Terminal, please make plans to attend.Â Click Here to join the meeting.
Laser Tag Pro Creates a New Metal Laser Tag Gun
In last week’s update, we mentioned a new gun design that is in the works. Laser Tag Pro is excited to unveil what we believe to be one of the sharpest looking units in the industry and it’s called the BRM. The BRM is a metal hybrid, modeled after the M-4 rifle with a creative touch. It features a removable magazine similar to our Battle Rifle XL but also includes a charging handle for multi-stage reload simulation. The lower receiver, trigger, and charging handle are metal, while the upper is a lightweight poly-carbonate plastic used on our other gun models. This unit features additional rail mounts, a single point sling loop, gun-powered scope, quick swap battery pack, and rubber tip for safety. Also included in the design are standard fittings for different stocks and grips. This means you will be able to attach your favorite third-party stock and hand grips, similar to paintball and airsoft. This is truly one of the most diverse laser tag units we have ever created!
BRM – Metal Hybrid Laser Tag Gun Photos
Laser Tag Pro begins taking pre-orders on the BRM this week. If you are attending the Laser Tag Convention in Vegas or HAA Show in St. Louis make sure to stop by our booth to see the BRM and give us your feedback.
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
If 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!
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.
Laser Tag Pro at IAAPA – Guns, Laser Bow, Grenades, Special Project and More!
It was our 3rd year at the IAAPA attractions expo, and Laser Tag Pro blew up the show floor! This was our largest booth to date. We unveiled a number of exciting projects and system upgrades that kept our booth loaded with traffic. Don’t worry if you didn’t make it out to the show, we’ve got your update right here. We’ve been working hard on the software over the past year and added some new devices to our product line that will take your battlefield to the next level. Make sure your shoes are tied tight because something here may knock your socks off!
BATTLE RIFLE PRO
It has arrived! The new Gen 4 Battle Rifle is on the market. We added some interesting color options as well as colored grips and tips. Some of the highlights include a bigger speaker, removable (and remotely rechargeable) battery pack, and direct power to your rail attached gun-sights. Anyone using red-dot sights with a separate battery will appreciate this upgrade. It’s time to shed those button-cell batteries and tap directly into the gun’s power source. We’ve increased the capacity of the battery and seated it inside a removable pack that allows for charging, separate from the gun. The new powering solution allows you to keep all of your guns in play with minimal down time. Exchanging batteries is a snap on the new Battle Rifle. It feels a lot like changing a battery on a cordless power tool, except these batteries will keep you going for hours before needing a recharge. Visit the [Gen 4 Battle Rifle Pro release page] https://lasertagpro.com/2015/10/14/best-laser-tag-guns-on-the-market/ to learn more about the latest changes to the BRP.
LASER TAG GRENADE
Looking to engineer some explosives into your games? Earlier this year we added emitters to our wireless headsets that give off explosive, splash, and other types of area damage (read more about our new wireless head-sensors here https://lasertagpro.com/2015/07/09/best-wireless-head-sensors-laser-tag/). Although the headsets are great for area effects, we went one step further and created a grenade that will enhance this critical combat feature, all the more. Our prototype was literally blowing up our booth all week long. This baby packs a punch when rolled near a group of enemy players and like everything else we create can be updated with different grenade types. Trying to capture a guarded flag? Give the enemy a little explosive surprise before you move in to grab their flag! Whatever way you decide to add this accessory to your battlefield, it’s sure to get your customers’ blood pumping.
There is no doubt that Laser Tag Pro’s newly unveiled Laser Bow is one of the most unique laser tag devices in the industry. Movies such as The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings, and The Avengers have created a lot of excitement for bow gameplay. We’ve created a futuristic recurve bow where you pull back the string and fire. What’s really cool is that the bow senses the amount of pull and adjusts damage accordingly. Hear the stretch of the bow as you draw the string back, listen to the release of the arrow; the lights and sounds on this device make for a truly immersive experience. The Laser Bow provides an opportunity to add class-based gameplay to your existing system; or create an army of archers by equipping your battlefield with an entire set! The bow is projected to be available for purchase in 2016.
For those of you familiar with Laser Tag Pros vision, you know our aim is to create the most advanced and exciting live-action combat-gaming experience in existence. We’ve added some great features to the guns to enhance the user’s experience. For the business owner, we’ve boosted the level of control and gameplay options with our software (EDGE), providing full battlefield control. Since its release we’ve added rule-based integration, Utility Box control, and some really fun game modes. Want a game that automatically ends when certain player types are eliminated from the game? How about the first team to gain 1000 points in a King of the Hill game? What about a flag game where you have to capture the flag 3 times to win? Or maybe you want to put a twist on the tradition timed game, where players weapons upgrade with each kill they get? All of these and many more possibilities are accessible using EDGE. Starting a game is a breeze whether you have 20 or 50 guns and the automation controls the game parameters for you. No matter how many guns you are operating you will find EDGE to be an invaluable component of your business. Current customers can expect an update release very soon with the latest features.
We’ve received some great feedback from our customers and are continuing to optimize and add features to the software. The next version of EDGE is really exciting, we are on the verge of implementing the smartphone app, Call Sign, so that players can log into your facility, keep their stats, connect with their friends, and level up to unlock weapons and rewards that you have defined for your business. Not only that but it will open up new ways to integrate with the game in ways not utilized ever before in the industry. Customers will have a deep connection to your business and experience when they download the Call Sign app. This will give you direct access to them on their favorite smart device.
To top it off, we have been working on a special project that we believe will revolutionize the entirety of the laser tag industry and live action gaming as we know it. It has already opened huge doors for us giving us the opportunity to work with some of the largest and most exciting video game developers in the world. Imagine your customers stepping into their favorite first-person shooter, complete with all of the visuals, graphics, sounds, and gameplay elements. This is the infusion of live action gameplay with modern video gaming. Call Sign will enable you to offer this type of gameplay on your battlefield and control all of the action using your EDGE game engine. We’ll have more details as the project unfolds, so keep a close watch on LaserTagPro.com.
CURRENT CUSTOMER PROMOTION
To take full advantage of all the new equipment Laser Tag Pro has to offer, we are announcing a one-time promotion for existing customers. If you are a customer operating with any previous generation equipment, you can get trade-in credit towards the purchase of a new set of Gen 4 Battle Rifles or Battle Rifle XLs. If you would like more details, call our sales line at 888-798-9616 xt.1 to upgrade your gear!
Since the unveiling of the Battle Rifle in December of 2012, our followers have watched Laser Tag Pro push the industry forward through the evolution of its products. In just a few short years, the Battle Rifle Pro has been tested throughout the world and continuously improved all along the way. We’ve enhanced our gear with upgrades like more powerful processors, Wi-Fi technology, larger speaker, improved battery life, and wireless Bluetooth head-sensor technology (getting away from those pesky wired headsets).
The Battle Rifle Pro has without a doubt become a top choice for people starting a laser tag business. Although our equipment provides a premium laser tag experience, we are never satisfied. Staying true to our mission of driving innovation, the Battle Rifle Pro and XL models have received yet another upgrade! This is our most ambitious overhaul ever and we believe the Battle Rifle Pro has become the BEST LASER TAG GUN on the market! That is what we think anyways….so let’s take a look at the changes so you can decide.
Best Laser Tag Gun?
First off, the Battle Rifle Pro received a brand new main-PCB layout. This newly designed motherboard is an improved hardware-platform making great new features possible. One of the first changes we made was to the sound quality. The Battle Rifle comes equipped with an SD card module and better audio processing abilities. How does this improve audio, you ask? The SD card expands the storage capacity of the gun and allows us to go from 60 to 800+ sound effects! Moreover, most units in the industry including older versions of our Battle Rifle could only play a single sound effect at a time. With improved audio processing, we are now able to do audio mixing and have the ability to play multiple sound effects, simultaneously. A simple example is while firing your weapon and receiving a hit. Both sounds can play without cancelling each other out.
We even took the audio one step further by adding a better amplifier pushing sound through a larger, more powerful speaker. This makes for the most immersive audio experience yet. The sound quality is awesome! If you want to see the difference, stop by our booth at IAAPA this year and hear for yourself.
Class 1 Laser Certification Means Better Range
If the beefy new audio isn’t enough to get you excited then our new FDA Class 1 laser-certification is certain to catch your interest. This is a big deal. It took months of hard work and thousands of dollars to get this certification. Our units have moved away from the commonly used infrared-LED emitters. LED emitters decrease in performance over time and lack the ability reach longer ranges in full sunlight. Many companies make claims about the range of their units, but the real test is not on the INDOOR tradeshow-floor. The important question is how do they perform in full sunlight…at the worst time of day…with no clouds in the sky? This is the way to determine the true range of a product, and this is how we preformed our tests. Zach, our Chief Engineer has dedicated the last 6 years of his life to laser tag with an emphasis in outdoor combat. His work on the Class 1 certification project has given the Battle Rifle a consistent range of over 2 football fields in the worst of conditions. The laser’s range encompasses any reasonable shot distance that might be needed when playing outdoor laser tag. Even so, keep in mind that at dusk the laser’s range doubles, and at night…well it gets pretty ridiculous! With this kind of shot-range and clear visibility from the ultra-bright LED headsets, the Battle Rifle Pro and XL have become the perfect solution for any environment.
But wait….there’s more! As you might know, when a laser tag gun is shot the beam begins to spread as it gets further away from the emitter. This can be a problem for longer shots as the hit radius becomes very large. The advantage of using an actual laser is that it maintains greater control over this spread, keeping a tighter beam. In fact, an IR LED emitter allows for a hit radius that can be 4x larger in its spread than a Class 1 emitter system. It’s kind of like launching a minivan at someone…not very tactical. Due to the science behind it, a real laser will simply have a more consistent and playable hit radius than its inferior IR LED counterpart.
The new Battle Rifle Pro and XL guns come equipped with an adjustable barrel click-tube. What does this mean for people who do close quarter/indoor combat? You can adjust the focal length of your equipment to change the spread of your shot. Think of how you would change the beam of an adjustable flashlight, this is similar to the control you will now have over your Battle Rifle with the click-tube. Using a special tool that comes with your equipment, you will be able quickly adjust the spread to best meet your needs. Want a more hardcore tactical game that requires supreme accuracy? Simply adjust the tube. Have a small group of kids and you want to ease up on the aiming? Adjust the tube. Combining the already available software settings for range with the click-tube offers precise control over your armory. With all we have done control the shot range, you might ask, “What else have you done for close combat?” A brand new feature we’ve added is an actual melee attack…that’s right… melee, unlocked by our new head sensor design! This is yet another way Laser Tag Pro is thinking outside the box.
Upgrading Your Firmware
Our current customers know one of the great features of the Battle Rifle is upgrading its firmware via the firmware cable. The ability to update your software is a big reason people choose us over the competition. Because this is such an important feature of our equipment, we decided to improve the process. Updating previous generation equipment used a separate, flash-loader program. While this process worked quiet well, we decided to remove the RJ45 module and replace it with standard micro-USB boot loader hardware, similar to what you might find on your cell phone. Updating your firmware is now easier than ever before. Connect to your computer by simply holding down the reload button while powering up your unit. A folder opens up just like a USB thumb drive allowing you to drag and drop the latest firmware file onto your gun. It’s fast, easy, and simple to perform.
Big Battery Improvements
Another significant change was to the battery. When using more powerful technologies like Wi-Fi, lasers, fancy lighting effects, and larger speakers you increase the need for power. To handle this we doubled the size of the rechargeable battery. Not only did we increase the size but we made it an independent, removable pack similar to what you might see on a cordless power tool. No need for a screw driver to swap out your batteries. Now you can use the same key that powers your gun to quickly change out the battery. Furthermore, we’ve added a charging circuit to the battery pack housing so you can charge the batteries directly, even if they are removed from the gun! For those that are looking for more life out of the same battery, we’ve added a power-saving mode to the software which optimizes power consumption. When you are in the middle of running an event, the last thing you want to worry about is dead batteries. With our new powering solution you will find yourself with limitless battery potential.
Bluetooth, LEDs, and Powered Scopes
Are you dazzled? Just a few more notable changes for you,
- We’ve added an auxiliary Bluetooth module. While the primary Bluetooth is used to connect to the wireless head-sensors, the second module opens up the ability for pairing to a smartphone, vest, or other accessories.
- Ever forget to turn off your scopes at closing time? The days of buying expensive coin-cell batteries are over because now you can tap directly into the gun battery to power your scopes. We’ve added an external power jack so when you turn on the guns, your scopes power right up. Not only will this save you money on non-rechargeable batteries, it will eliminate the need to manage the power status of your scopes altogether saving you time. Be sure to ask about our scopes, we developed a custom solution that is compatible with the Battle Rifle hardware.
- The Health LED Bars also saw an upgrade with 12 addressable LEDs. We can now add more color choices and special lighting effects beyond visible health indications.
The Best Laser Tag Gun on the Market?
The Battle Rifle Pro and XL, we believe, has become the best laser tag system money can buy. These new and improved features, our EDGE Game Engine, all the way to our new wireless head-sensors have created an incredibly robust system for businesses, at the right price. Whether indoor or outdoor, Laser Tag Pro has you covered. Call us today or check us out in November at IAAPA to see for yourself. While we can call it the best gun money can buy, we want to know what you think.