May 26, 2014

Cheating at laser tag with the "BIRRD"

Laser tag games are fun if you enjoy running around and the thrill of the chase, however some of us may not be the most enthusiastic participants - or just not that good at the game. In these cases you may want an advantage, and a very tricky one has been described by Instructables member BenBurge. 

His device receives and learns the code infra-red signal, and then sends the signal using infra-red transmitting LEDs at a rapid rate. Thus once mounted or hidden where required, the laser tag player can fire their gun into the BIRRD, which then blasts out the same signal in all possible directions - giving the player many more opportunities to hit an opponent than before. 

And if you're not interested in laser tag, this is a good project to experiment with and learn more about Arduino and infra-red - so visit the Instructable project to get started. And for more, we're on facebooktwitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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