The Classic Game of Tag Gets a Modern Update
After the foot race, tag may be the least gear intensive sport ever invented. You don?t even need a ball, just hands and feet. Still, by adding LED indicators to show who?s ?it?, touch sensors to judge whether or not a tag reached its target and digital score keeping, games developers from Queens University have found a way to add technology to this simple playtime activity without detracting from the fun.
The game, which has been dubbed ?TagURIt,? revolves around shirts with embedded LED lights and pressure sensors. When a player gets tagged, the LEDs light up a digital token displayed on the shirt.
According to a report from Hack A Day, the game is score-based, awarding points to the chaser for capturing tokens, while giving the other players points for avoiding capture.
In addition, each player is a location-tagged uniform resource identifier (URI), and their proximity is determined by either tracking the users with cameras if you're playing indoors, or through RF sensors outdoors.
While a game of TagURIt may take a bit more organization to pull together than the classic version, this update will definitely bring some excitement back to the game.
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