Version 0.1 of our Operation and Assembly Guide is now available for download. This document will give you all the information you need to assemble your PCBs and understand the inner workings of your Optical Tag tagger. As this is an early version of the document, we welcome any feedback.
We finally have the Optical Tag website up and running! (although it is still under construction in some areas). The website will contain the latest updates to the Optical Tag project, technical data for the system, construction guides, helpful articles to help kick start your own DIY builds and eventually, an online store.
We have recently had a chance to test out 5 sets of optical tag powered taggers. Results are encouraging but as always it has uncovered more areas which need work. Our biggest problem was not having enough charged batteries!
At its best the wireless connection from player module to the tagger works great. We didn't get a chance to test the removable mags yet as we haven't made enough, and still need to finalise the code for this.
Over the past few months we have been assembling some of our modules, here are some pics:
|Gun module||Player module||Multi I/O board (used for medic packs, ammo supply box/ crates and any other accessories.)|
|Mag chip (one goes into each mag). USB B connectors used for our prototypes||Sensor board||Fully assembled player module prototype.|
We plan to test several sets in the field the weekend after next, and hope all goes well!
The PCB's finally arrived today.
We had 1x weapon, 1x player, 3x sensors, 5x magazines and 1 multi I/O board printed on each 86mm x 109mm sheet. As the PCBs are 1.2mm thick its quite easy to cut the individual boards out.
the weapon board (bottom left) measures 24mm x 69mm for size reference
We plan to make up 2 sets over easter weekend to test it all out.
I would like to let everyone know about a DIY laser skirmish system me and my brother have been working on for a while. We are looking for interest from any players/ DIY'ers who would like have a few games with us when its up and running (we live in brisbane)
The system currently supports wireless connection from 'player module' to one or more weapons, eeprom based mag system, fire selector input, digital sounds, pump/bolt action emulation and a fair few other things. We're also making Medic kits, Ammo supply boxes etc
Stay tuned for more updates..