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Move over, Nerf: Laser tag is backSkyrocket's Recoil could be this fall's hottest tech toy.
[MUSIC] Have you ever wanted to play Call of Duty in real life? This might be the next best thing. Blasting away with pistols, rifles, and grenades, In an augmented reality arena. [MUSIC] It's called Recoil and it's a lot like laser tag is laser were invented in 2017. You drop your smartphone into a blaster, plug in a pair of headphones, and you'll be able to keep track of your health, objectives and even hear enemy gunfire that doesn't actually exist. The basic technology's the same as it was in the 80s These guns fire invisible beams of infrared light, but everything else is way more sophisticated. Using WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth, these guns communicate their position and heading to a portable base station which shares it with other players. [MUSIC] Guns are big, beefy plastic toys with strong force feedback so you'll know when to shoot them and what you can hit. Each has three infrared hit detectors on the front and sides. And push to talk voice chat. You just smack this button to reload the weapon. The game supports up to 16 players and even people without guns can play. You just download the app and you can run around healing teammates, placing land mines and launching air strikes to assist the other players. [MUSIC] And it's a good thing you don't need the guns, because these toys don't come cheap. A starter kit with two pistols and a base station will cost $130 this August. You can expect to pay $50 for each extra pistol, $80 for a rifle and $15 for a grenade. Speaking of which, you might want that rifle. The extra accuracy and ammo make a big difference. [MUSIC]