Wars! Junior Technology project
of Nick Wells from Inglewood High School caught the attention of the Daily
News reporter visiting the
Science Fair and the 7 Taranaki TV film crew...
Built by Year
10 students Nick Wells and Zac Dodunski
We have built a
versatile and reliable "Laser-Force" simulator for only $20. The system
is very easy to put together, is reliable, and would be great for a
school lunchtime activity and home use. The Laser-Wars system uses a
PICAXE-08 chip that is very affordable and very easy to program using
free software. Pulse Rifles use the flash from disposable cameras
supplied by the local Kodak camera store free of charge. We are very
happy because it is much cheaper than the 'professional' made laser gun
that averages at about $500 for the vest and gun. Our Laser Wars is fun
to play at night but still works efficiently in day light therefore its
better than the original "Laser Force" version.
PRIZE WINNING PROJECT!
10 student Nick Wells with the combat outfit to be fitted with sensors
and Pulse Rifle that is de-activated when you get "shot" by another
more combat games in the dark...
Pulse Rifle prior to assembly.
Inglewood High students were awarded Second Prize in the Junior
Technology section of the 2003 Fonterra Taranaki Science &
Results and Discussion
There is a
business in New Plymouth that is called "Laser Force". It is a game you
play inside where you shoot people with "laser" guns hence deactivating
their suit and gun and scoring points for yourself. We have noticed is
that it has to be dark for the guns to work properly making night time
the most ideal time to play this game outdoors. Our version of this
game works at night but still works efficiently in daylight therefore
it is better than the "Laser Force" idea.
The PICAXE-08 chip is very cheap and very easy to program using free
software. It doesn't require soldering if you use a wish board
Beware! For your own safety you should not touch the ends of the
capacitor as you will receive a shock!
We believe an infrared sensor is best because you can play in daylight
unlike the real "Laser Force".
successfully tested many parts to make it a satisfactory device and
carried out extensive field tests. We plan to add a sound effects chip
to the Pulse Rifles and make different types of "weapons", eg, pistols
simple inexpensive and reliable device would be a great addition to any
child's toy box and any schools Physical Education (PE) department. Our
"Laser Wars" system is versatile because you use more then one type of
light. If we use a PICAXE-18 we can run about 4 or 5 different lights
all at once. It is good because you do not need lots of other PICAXE
chips and it can store more data. Students could use this "Laser Wars"
system to make lunchtimes less boring and more fun.
an example PICAXE-08 programme, here is what we used for the Science