Welcome to my lasertag page. I know there are other DIY laser tag
setups out there, but when I originally started this there were a few things
I wanted different.
1. Run on MSP430s for low development cost.
2. More information in the send signal and possibly shorter time wise.
3. The ability to easily switch guns and use stationary guns
4. Wireless taggers. Coil cords seem to do a great job getting
caught on every tree in the woods.
5. Get away from ISD sound chips.
There are a few other things but that is the larger reasons. Plus I
just like doing stuff myself. I also wanted surface mount components to
keep things small. These days SMD parts are useable for the hobbyist.
1. I like MSPs because they are pretty powerful low power processors
that come with a free development environment that can handle C. You can
get the ez430-F2013
that comes with a USB programmer and a board for $20. You can also get 3 more
boards for $10. Several companies have similar options now but TI
was one of the first I found to not have $100
programmers. All of my code so far can be found here.
2. A more efficient send signal allows more shots per minute and/or
more information to be sent. You can see my protocol here.
3. The ability to switch guns means that the main processing components
need to be separate from the tagger. This has the added side effect of
making it easy to fit all the tagger components in a pistol. You can
see my system architecture here.
4. Wireless taggers has been really big on my
wish list. There are a few things I have tried but this has actually
fallen down the list somewhat. You can see all about my wireless attempts here. I think I
finally have a good module identified just need the time to work on it.
5. The ISD chips seem like a hassle and take up a lot of space when an
MSP can play sound.
is a list of all of the Lasertag pages on this
-IR Protocol and Damage Tree
-Core Unit Overview
-IR receiver test