Laser Tag, Meet Wi-Fi

Love laser tag? Get ready for the newest — and smartest — upgrade to the game: Wi-Fi. Recoil, a game from Skyrocket, uses Wi-Fi to make the world your laser tag arena. You attach your smartphone to a toy gun, both of which link with a Recoil-provided Wi-Fi hotspot. The hotspot keeps track of who has shot whom, where each player is, enables real-time voice communication, and more.

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“We are trying to get a first-person shooter [game] to come to life,” said Craig Mitchell, senior director at Skyrocket, in an interview with GamesBeat. “We saw the impact of Pokémon Go in the real world, and we thought about what would happen if Call of Duty met Pokémon Go.”

As it turns out, what happens is a lot of fun. Wi-Fi and the unlicensed spectrum that makes it work are transforming how we play, work, learn, and connect with one another. Innovators across the nation are hard at work creating the next generation of awesome Wi-Fi devices, but they can only do so if there is enough unlicensed spectrum to go around.

Policymakers, tech innovators, and manufacturers all need to work together to open up more unlicensed spectrum, to make sure that the unlicensed spectrum that we have is free from harmful interference from other technologies like LTE-U, and to keep up with the explosive growth in digital traffic. They must ensure that the billions of Wi-Fi devices in use today — and the innovative new devices of tomorrow — can effectively access Wi-Fi networks for connectivity on the go.

When we all stand up for unlicensed spectrum and for Wi-Fi, we set the stage for more game-changing Wi-Fi technologies to upgrade the way we experience entertainment, business, education, healthcare, and more.

Click here to join our movement in advocating for more unlicensed spectrum, Wi-Fi, and a world of technological possibilities.