The generation of Alphatag laser tag equipment is what we have been striving for the last 12 years of development. It is truly unique. The main principle of this generation is that the main technical device of the player is now a headband, and not a gun. And this means that each player can now have not just one laser tag gun, but as many as seven different devices, it can be either several guns or additional devices in any combination: a vest, a shock bracelet, a personal medic, several types of weapons and many other devices, which we will develop and add to the Alphatag environment. Thus Alphatag is a truly unique modular platform and standard that allows operator to keep on adding various devices to the player.
Let's take a look at what functions are available to the Alphatag
Bluetooth 5.0 module
Alphatag is a generation. which, first of all, unlimitedly expands the possibilities of the player by connecting an unlimited amount of new equipment to the headband, some of which have already been released, and some will be added to the Alphatag platform along the implementation of the development roadmap. This is exactly what the modern bluetooth 5.0 module in the player's headband is accountable for. It allows the player to use up to 7 devices at the same time: a vest, several types of various weapons (for example, a sniper rifle and a handgun), a shock bracelet for expanded realism, a personal medic to heal yourself or others up during the game, etc. Further down the road, it will be a personal grenade, a personal knife, artifacts that will be attached to a specific player after they are captured, etc.
The technology developed by us and is originally based on the NFC standard allows the player or business owner to connect the headband to a weapon or any other compatible device in less than one second. To do this, just bring the device close to the headband. This eliminates the possibility of mixing up game sets during their pairing with headbands, if the operator has a lot of them in one room.
Headband Wi-Fi module
The Wi-Fi module, which transmits all the player's scores to the head PC, is now located in the player's headband or vest, which means that all scores are transmitted directly, and not through laser tag guns as in previous generations, which eliminates possible lags and makes hits, misses, kills statics truly real-time. What's more, unarmed players are now also counted in the stats, so you can create your own Non Playing Characters like Medics, Engineers, Demolition specialist, Hostages, VIPs, etc., which means you can create your own game scenarios and your imagination is the only limit.
Pro Signal Sound Speaker
More than 120 high-quality sound effects are already included in all laser tag kits, providing a clear and loud sound. With the help of built-in powerful sound speakers in laser tag weapons, the player is notified about all game events when they are wounded, stunned, killed, blown up, when they are left with the last magazine, when they are being healed or respawned, and so on. Each weapon class has its own unique sounds.
Parallax and Prism optical systems
Alphatag is compatible with both two new types of parallax optics (for assault rifles and sniper rifles). Parallax optics have a thinner beam, but its «fire» range is sometimes 2 times further than the range of older types of optics. In addition, due to the specifics of the beam, it hits much better in bright sun conditions and ricochets are minimized.
We also retained compatibility with the classic prism optics, which we often recommend for renting out, as it will be easier for beginners to hit the enemy with it.
All Alphatag equipment sets are equipped with new, more capacious 3000 mAh batteries, which allow to play for up to 36 hours without further charging, which is very convenient both for arena systems that work practically without a break on weekends, and for large tactical laser tag games that sometimes last more than 24 hours nonstop.
Since Alphatag headbands are worlds apart from the previous generations of headsets in terms of functionality, we have recreated their design from the scratch, taking into account the specifics of previous generations. The Alphatag headband is lighter, its hit sensors and electronics compartments are less protruding , and the shape of the headband has special rises above the players ears, which, on the one hand, will not allow the player to put on the headband incorrectly (on the wrong side), and on the other hand, makes it more comfortable to wear additional devices such as active headset or a walkie-talkie earpieces. The system for fixing the headband, depending on the size of the player's head, has also become more convenient.
In the new Alphatag headband, we have achieved a significant reduction in the hit sensor cases size while fully keeping their functionality, and the use of polycarbonate made it possible to fully retain the external loads-carrying capacity of the cases while changing the shape to a hexagonal one. After having carried out numerous crash tests, we can proudly say that this headband is really not easy to break.
Cases for electronics are spread on the headband in such a way that, firstly, they do not interfere with the player, secondly, they do not interfere with the correct location of the hit sensors, and thirdly, they ensure balance and weight distribution. Unlike previous generations, the Alphatag headband now has its own OLED display, which provides the player and the equipment owner with various useful game and maintenance information: connected game sets and additional devices, player hit points, firmware version, battery level and so on.
LEDs and vibration motors
Each Alphatag hit sensor case has its own individual vibration motor, which vibrates only when the sensor located in a given case detects the enemy shot. This means that the headband allows the player to determine which side they are being fired at from. In addition, each sensor case has a bright LED display that notifies other players that this exact player has been hit. Colors, brightness, flicker duration and background glow are customizable by the game operator, allowing, for example, creating individual settings for day and night games.
All for hit sensors cases of Alphatag headbands are equipped with wide-angle photosensors. Such sensitive 140-degree sensors will detect a hit from a large distance even when exposed to bright sunlight.
Two Protocols supported
Secondly, the new Alphalink protocol, which allows operator to play with 10,000 game sets at once and allows us to add new features that Milestag2 was not originally designed for.
Due to the ability to connect up to 7 devices to the headband, we have provided a connection to the player's mobile phone, too. The Alphatag player application allows each user to receive and save their individual scores and achievements.
Enviroment and Game scoring
The Alphatag system is not just a set of hardware and software with exceptional features, it is a whole ecosystem that allows players to add new devices in the future. These are mobile applications that allow players to track their scores; this is a global game server that allows system to build ratings within operators, by region or even entire countries; this is a system of fiscal statistics that allows the owner of a business to track the staff work and ongoing games and these are constantly created new devices connected to a central computer via Wi-Fi.
Offline statistics collection
Despite the fact that Alphatag is primarily a system with online statistics, controlled via a local Wi-Fi network, it saves the player's statistics even when the connection gets interrupted. Thus, even if during the round the player goes beyond the coverage of the Wi-Fi network, their headband or vest will still keep memorizing the game statistics, and when re-entering the coverage area, they will immediately transfer these statistics to the server and receive timely information from the main computer. Nothing will be lost.
Alphatag is mainly a community of individual players and business equipment operators, so all participants are promptly notified of all changes, updates and plans for further development. We are sensitive to bug reports and requests to add certain new functionality to the gameplay.
Free software access
AlphaTag is available for free. We do not charge for it. No one-time payments, no recurrent payments, no renewal fees. You will get access to all functions, regardless of whether you have just one tagger or a whole business set.
The application is localized in many languages and you can set your own language depending on your preferences.