Skirmos Laser tag for the next generation.

By January 4, 2016Featured Articles

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Skirmos – a 3d printed laser tag game of the future.

Laser tag has always intrigued me​.​ I love playing outdoors​,​ and I’m always looking for a new game to simulate combat without actually putting anyone at risk. Enter Skirmos, a ​futuristic​ vision of ​laser tag​.​

History of Tag

While all my friends at school had ​Lazer Tag, I was one of the unfortunate kids that ended up with ​Photon guns​.​ ​I tried some indoor arena laser tag for a while​,​ even played in their tournaments. I also played a lot of paintball and airsoft but they have their limits​,​ too, and ​they’re​ not exactly something for all ages.

Reinventing Laser Tag

Enter the Skirmos​,​ the first laser tag game to incorporate all the functions of 3D shooter games with the excitement and energy ​of ​playing outdoors.
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Imagine a customizable future where you can vary everything. Maybe holding a location will give you a secur​e​ flag feature. Hook up your Skirmos to your PC and start make changes. Change out ammo amounts, burst rates or reload times. Maybe ​limit​ ammo or ​create ​a special zone for reloading. Change the rules of the game to suit you​r ​style.

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How Does It Look?

LEDs light up the gun with varied colors allowing players to know who’s on which​ team. A​n​ LCD display on the back gives the player vital information and objectives and looks a lot like the displays you would commonly see on shooters ​in​ Halo or Aliens. The gun overall looks pretty sweet in white​,​ while not too menacing​,​ dec​r​eas​ing​ the chances of getting mistaken for the real thing.

Designing In The Future

The cool thing about Skirmos is that this technology would ​have ​cost millions of dollars to develop in the past​,​ but thanks to things like 3D printers, ​Kickstarter​​ and open source computer hardware​,​ it’s relatively easy to start building your own projects. It’s amazing ​that ​in such a short time​​ technology​ ​once only in the hands of those mega companies and labs can now be purchased cheaply​.​ I feel like we​ wi​ll be seeing replicators that will punch out major products for us​ soon.

Flexibility with Open Source Technology

Built around the Arduino platform​, it​’s open source for those who like to tinker. I could also imagine a lot of different devices ​e​mmerging like turrets or bases with shields.

I really hope it pans out for the Skirmos team and ​consumers so we​ see these ​o​n the store shelves in the near future​!

What would you like to see with a new laser tag system? Let us know.

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Kickstarter Funder says:

    two and a half years after the kickstarter…no shipments and sporadic updates from the team.

    last update, this past august, mentioned that prototypes are in and they’ll be going through another round of funding just to deliver the kickstarter units but no actual manufacturers lined up as of yet.

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