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LyteShot: A Sensor-Based Mobile Gaming Platform (Canceled)

LyteShot is a mobile gaming platform that provides unlimited gaming experiences in the real world with mobile apps and peripherals.

LyteShot: A Sensor-Based Mobile Gaming Platform (Canceled)

LyteShot is a mobile gaming platform that provides unlimited gaming experiences in the real world with mobile apps and peripherals.

$40,671
pledged of $168,534pledged of $168,534 goal
152
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 21 2015
Last updated January 21, 2015

About

To all of our backers, supporters, and LyteShot fans,

First, we can't thank you enough for all of your generous support, enthusiasm, and unbridled passion for LyteShot. We genuinely appreciate every single email, phone call and request that’s been sent our way. After receiving the extremely valuable feedback from you and assessing everything on our end, we have determined that taking a few additional months to make modifications to the design of our gaming system could help reduce costs and allow us to add new features to make our interactive gaming system more accessible to everyone. Although cancelling our Kickstarter campaign is a difficult decision to make, we believe that in the end we will all benefit with a better product and package we believe you’ll love.

Our inspiration for this decision comes from the outpouring of support in the hundreds of emails, articles, letters, and passionate responses at all our game demo events. We believe that through the incorporation of your respective comments and ideas, we can create an even better and more cost effective product for everyone. We aren't going away - by a long shot - and we’ll be in touch soon.

-Mark Ladd, Tom Ketola and the LyteShot team

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What is LyteShot?

LyteShot is a new kind of mobile gaming system. Using sensor-based peripherals that work with your mobile phone, LyteShot takes gaming out of the living room and brings it into the real world. The LyteShot platform consists of the Lyter handheld device, the LytePuck receiver which is worn by each player, and the LyteShot enabled apps which are accessed through each players’ smartphone (see also “Ditch the Phone, Take the Glasses” below).
 

Lyter & LytePuck
Lyter & LytePuck

LyteShot has developed a series of peripherals that attach to the Lyter, turning it into a gun, wand, staff, sword, bow or anything you can think of as 3D printed designs. The platform connects through the cloud to play all kinds of games: Cult campus games like Assassin, digital capture-the-flag, live-action role playing games, action shooter games, complex strategic games like murder mysteries and alternate reality games (ARG) or a simple game of tag.

How does it work? 

The Lyter handheld device and LytePuck sensor connect with your mobile device to transmit game data to other players via the cloud. Depending on the game, the LyteShot system can, for example, send a virtual antidote to a poisoned comrade, deliver a deadly blow to an enemy, or locate a key to unlock a virtual treasure. Through the pull of a trigger, the Lyter sends out a beam to the LytePuck which carries commands to trigger any of these responses (and so many more). Once the LytePuck receives a command, it reacts by lighting up or vibrating, alerting the player who is wearing the LytePuck to the in-game response. This command also gets sent instantaneously through the cloud to all the players’ mobile devices so everyone gets the most up to date game stats, messages and any other type of real time information.

Gameplay

LyteShot offers limitless possibilities for developers to create new and imaginative gaming experiences that incorporate the real world in a compelling and meaningful way. Below are three examples of games that will be available on the LyteShot Platform. 

ASSASSIN: THE GAME 

With the launch of the platform, LyteShot proudly presents its first game called Assassin: The Game (for iOS and Android). Assassin will be available for immediate gameplay to all backers who pledge at the Player 1 Ready reward tier and higher. 

To play Assassin, you organize a game right from your smartphone. The first thing you do is set up your unique game rules, for example: 

  • Set the timeframe - 8 hours? One day? One week? You set the clock.
  • Set the boundaries - Only on campus? Just your city block or neighborhood park? Within the city limits? You name the place and the LyteShot system will use its geo-location feature to automatically shut off the Lyter and LytePuck outside of those boundaries. 
  • Set special functions - Special add-ons to make the game more complex like respawning, late entry, cool-down clock, penalties, and more. You also have the option to make your game public and allow anyone in the area to join. 
  • Invite your friends - Once your friends accept their invites, you hit the play button on your smartphone and the fun begins!

After receiving your target's mugshot, your mission is to find and eliminate your target. Your challenge is to do this before your Assassin finds and eliminates you. Paranoia will escalate quickly in this game since the identity of your Assassin is unknown to you and has the ability to take you out with a long range hit, or score more points with a close proximity hit. Once you find and eliminate your target, the LyteShot app system will automatically update the game status and you will immediately be given your next target from the players left remaining in the game. The game ends when the last Assassin eliminates their last target.

BESIEGED

LyteShot's Besieged is currently in development and slated for completion in December 2015.  This medieval fantasy digital territory capture game features teams of players working together to battle against another band of campaigners in order to take control of strategic objective points in the field of play. If one team controls more of these strategic objectives (referred to as "zones") than the other team, then that team will begin to earn points over time. 

When players play Besieged, they take on the role of either a warrior, wizard, or ranger. These are separate character classes which possess distinct characteristics and abilities from one another. As players play multiple matches of Besieged, they can earn experience points. These experience points allow players to advance a persistent character, leveling up to access greater abilities as they play.

 INVASION

LyteShot is very excited to have Chris Weed and Joe Sklover, creators of Humans vs. Zombies, working on their latest game design called "Invasion" for the LyteShot platform, slated for completion in the fall of 2015. In Invasion, the world has been overrun by deadly pathogens and players must band together with other survivors to fight back and reclaim their neighborhoods ­ and eventually the planet. At its core, the game is a cooperative team based game where players choose a geo­-location that becomes the point they are protecting from artificial intelligence (AI)­ controlled threats. Players interact with the game by physically moving to locations and by using their smartphones or LyteShot peripherals to engage augmented reality characters and objects. Teams are comprised of one commander who is responsible for “top­down” strategic decisions but must rely on his fellow officers to win the day by actively interacting with the map. The interactive gameplay unfolds as more objectives are revealed and players must work together to save the world. 

Ditch the Phone, Take the Glasses

Wouldn’t it be great to have a heads-up display when you’re outside with a bunch of people and see a 60-foot dragon coming down the street that you all have to take down?”

LyteShot has already begun developing the interface as part of the SDK for developers to have their game art/data work with Heads Up Display (HUD) technology for the LyteShot platform so the user truly becomes first person in the game. Players can leave their smartphones at home to use their smart glasses (Epson Moverio, Google Glass, and soon Vuzix and LaForge) to be able to view player status, in-game stats, and other game information right in their field of view. Characters and storylines come alive using augmented reality (AR) on the Heads Up Display (HUD) so players can see and interact with virtual characters and objects.  

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LyteShot is currently working with Epson to integrate LyteShot gaming with Epson's Moverio BT-200 smart glasses.  Backers supporting at the LyteShot Visionary level and above will get their hands on the Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses currently retailed at $699.  Sporting a sleek, light design, the Epson® Moverio BT-200 is a true binocular display using a miniaturized LCD-based projection lens system and optical light guide in each side of the glasses.  The Moverio platform’s advanced binocular optical system projects see-through overlays of digital content onto the real-world in the center of the smart glasses’ field of view. Enabling a seamless blend of the physical and digital world, the Moverio BT-200 technology platform makes a new world of augmented reality applications possible for consumers as well as commercial enterprises. 

Epson Moverio BT-200
Epson Moverio BT-200

A Platform for Gamers, Developers & Makers

GAMERS

For gamers of all kinds, LyteShot provides cloud-based wireless technology that enables instant shared data. Players can use real-time tracking of game logistics, leaderboards, hit detection, geo-tracking, quest completion, in-game communication, and more to provide an immersive and socially driven experience. Gamers will no longer need a referee or gamemaster to play. LyteShot digitally tracks all game stats, enforces all boundaries, guides the storyline and more – instantaneously.

DEVELOPERS

Experienced and newly minted game developers can create the next generation of real-world gaming on LyteShot’s open API using our software development kit (SDK) . LyteShot offers limitless possibilities for developers to create new and imaginative gaming experiences that incorporate the real world in a compelling and meaningful way. Once their new games are created, developers can upload their designs to LyteShot's servers to either play with their friends or to sell their games through LyteShot’s online Marketplace.

MAKERS

Makers can also take advantage of LyteShot’s open platform and online Marketplace. LyteShot’s peripherals can be adapted to work with any number of tools, imaginary weapons, and objects created and printed using 3D printers. LyteShot's arduino-based hardware platform provides makers with the framework and ability to sell their own peripherals directly to consumers.

LyteShot Gun
LyteShot Gun
LyteDagger
LyteDagger
               
LyteShot Wand
LyteShot Wand

Early Adoption By Game Developers

We are excited by the responses of game developers regarding developing new games for LyteShot's platform and the new style of games that can be created using LyteShot's SDK. Here are just a few testimonials: 

 IGN's Chris Carl and Marty Sliva meet LyteShot at CES.  Click here to see what they had to say about LyteShot!

Join Us

Creating an entirely new platform is a huge endeavor. We have already come a long way, but we need your support to join us in this groundbreaking venture. We are asking all kinds of gamers – digital gamers, LARPers, ARG gamers, Nerf gamers, Paintball players – to help us turn any place in the world into your gaming arena.  Join the conversation at: www.twitter.com/lyteshot  www.facebook.com/lyteshot  www.lyteshot.com

Technical Specifications

  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless communication
  • ATmega 328P microprocessor
  • Custom IR optics
  • 70 ft IR range
  • Rechargeable Li-Po battery technology
  • iOS supported, Android in development
  • Developer kits available
  • Lyter Dimensions: Length - 8.5" Width - 2" Height - 2.5" Weight - 0.25 lbs

Risks and challenges

Our LyteShot team has overcome many challenges having already completed initial design and development of the LyteShot Platform. Our next challenge is to prepare for and execute mass production of the LyteShot system and the game development. We are aiming to minimize risk by building in extra time for contingencies, as we are aware of the risks in manufacturing, assembly, and shipping delays, along with the 'oh schnikes!' factor. We are confident, however, that our experienced team and 3rd party partnerships will be able to bring the LyteShot Platform to your front door as quickly and as capably as possible.

A project of Hardware product is always challenging not to mention game development. Fortunately, we have been very proactive with our development to be able to keep our product development risk at a minimum. The boards for the Lyter & LytePuck have been designed, developed, prototyped and tested by the LyteShot community and used for extensive gameplay. As soon as the project receives 100% of the funding, we will make any adjustments for the final design and then confirm the production's specifications to start production as soon as possible.

Our greatest challenge, and greatest passion, is to make the LyteShot Platform the #1 choice for Live Action gamers. To do this, we need to hear from you. We are open and hungry for your feedback, opinions, and most of all, your creative ideas. LyteShot isn't just aiming to create innovative hardware and software - we ultimately want to create an extensive community of LyteShot gamers, developers and makers to share their own gaming creations.

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    THANK YOU! - Receive exclusive updates on LyteShot and be recognized as a backer on our website at www.lyteshot.com. You will also receive an exclusive Founder Badge on the LyteShot platform.

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    LYTESHOT FAN CLUB - Receive a hard copy of our limited edition LyteShot Poster, a limited edition Lyte ‘Em Up! T-shirt, and LyteShot Slap Band as your fashionable LytePuck holder. Also receive exclusive updates, recognition as a backer on our website, and an exclusive Founder Badge on the LyteShot platform.

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    [EARLY BIRD LIMITED SPECIAL] PLAYER 1 READY - Receive the Lyter & LytePuck set. Be the first to play Assassin on the LyteShot platform and get your friends to do the same! You will also receive an .STL file of 3 LyteShot peripherals for your 3D printer, your name will appear as a backer on our website, and you’ll receive an exclusive Founder Badge on the LyteShot platform.

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    [EARLY BIRD LIMITED SPECIAL] PLAYER 2 READY - Receive 2 sets of the LyteShot system - that’s 2 Lyters and 2 LytePucks to play Assassin as soon as it arrives at your door! You will also receive an .STL file of 3 LyteShot peripherals for your 3D printer, your name will appear as a backer on our website, and you’ll receive an exclusive Founder Badge on the LyteShot platform.

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    PLAYER 2 READY - Receive 2 sets of the LyteShot system - that’s 2 Lyters and 2 LytePucks to play Assassin as soon as it arrives at your door! You will also receive an .STL file of 3 LyteShot peripherals for your 3D printer, your name will appear as a backer on our website, and you’ll receive an exclusive Founder Badge on the LyteShot platform.

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    LYTESHOT VISIONARY- Receive the Lyter & LytePuck set, and 1 set of Epson’s Moverio BT-200 Glasses! Play Assassin with your new Heads Up Display (HUD) glasses as soon as it arrives at your door. You will also receive an .STL file of 3 LyteShot peripherals for your 3D printer, your name will appear as a Visionary Backer on our website, and you’ll receive an exclusive Visionary Founder Badge on the LyteShot platform.

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    LYTESHOT DOUBLE VISIONARY - Receive 2 sets of the Epson Moverio BT-200 Glasses, 2 sets of the LyteShot System colored black with an exclusive LyteShot Visionary plate on each Lyter. You will also receive an .STL file of 3 LyteShot peripherals for your 3D printer, your name will appear as a Visionary Backer on our website, and you’ll receive an exclusive Visionary Founder Badge on the LyteShot platform.

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    LYTESHOT HELIPORTATION - Receive everything in the LyteShot Double Visionary package plus an exclusive LyteShot Heliplay session with our Founders and one of your friends: With your new LyteShot gear, board a private helicopter at the south Chicago area Municipal Airport and get dropped at a strategic landing point at the Joliet Army Ammunitions Plant and challenge the creators of Assassin at their own game! Package includes 1 overnight hotel stay (dbl occupancy) and lunch with the founders. (Travel to Chicago not included).

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