About this project
“If you combine the worlds of Nerf and Halo, you would get something like the Tek Recon.” - CNET
“Tek Recon is turning the entire world into a video game.” - Laptop Mag
“It’s the perfect gift for parents who want to get their kids off the Xbox for a few minutes and the perfect toy for kids who never want to stop playing Halo.” - Bloomberg
“Tek Recon blasters are similar to playing a first person shooter video game in real life.” - Mashable
“Tech Recon combines cell phone-based augmented reality and GPS tracking of friends with guns that fire little rubber rings. The match really works.” - PC Mag
Hey Kickstarters! Welcome to the future of gaming. We need you to help us create a revolutionary new way to play video games with your friends IN REAL LIFE! Get off the couch and into the game with Tek Recon, the newest and most realistic way to blast away with your friends on the field. These Blasters feature an innovative design with real triggers and recoil action using specially designed “NRG Rounds”. Using this unique ammunition, Tek Recon blasters can safely fire up to 75 feet, are reusable, and make no marks or mess.
To optimize the battle and team experience TEK RECON developed a free “Real-Life Online Gaming” app to enhance blaster battles. Simply connect your mobile device to the blaster to bring video game styled play to life through mobile and GPS technology. The free TEK RECON App will be available for iOS and Android devices, enhancing real battle experience through an interactive heads up display, live chat, vision modes, and more.
“If you combine the worlds of Nerf and Halo, you would get something like Tek Recon.” – CNET
Tek Recon is a large, groundbreaking project. As a young innovative company we are committed to developing a big idea, we’ve dedicated 2 years to make this concept a reality, but now need your help in bringing the product to market.
We’ll use your Kickstarter funds towards:
- 1. Product: Development and creation of moulds for each blaster, ammo, flags and eyewear. We already have 3D designs and prototypes created, and are now moving towards finalizing the moulds to bring the product to market. Ultimately refining the product to blast farther and faster than any other blaster.
- 2. App: Setup and Development of online gaming components (Website, App, and Server to connect the two). We’ve already started app development and have beta tested and confirmed all features, but have more back-end work to finish. Basically finalizing the app for a better gaming experience.
- 3. Promotion: Marketing and creating public awareness. We are entering a category dominated by giants who have tremendous brand awareness and marketing dollars to dominate the media. Tek Recon is highly innovative and provides an entirely new play experience unlike anything else, but we need help in promoting these new features. Help us establishing and promoting the first ever real life online gaming community
“Tek Recon is turning the entire world into a video game” - Laptop Magazine
What Makes Us Original?
- Innovative blaster design with aspirational metallic decoration, real triggers and recoil.
- Unique mess free and reusable NRG Rounds and internal propulsion mechanism allowing for rapid fire, long range performance.
- Play video games in your backyard. Real life play never been done before!
- Mobile allows for video game features without being stuck in front of the TV.
- Live the battle with socially collaborative play that allows you to really get into the game!
The Tek Recon Story
Tek Recon has been years in the making. We live in a time where in every industry the boundaries are being pushed to the limits to see what is possible. We have found that the blaster market has been regurgitating the same play experience in slightly different form factors for too long and has lacked innovation and new, exciting ideas. We love playing video games, and we love and grew up with epic blaster battles with our friends. With the proliferation of smart devices and advancements in connectivity it seemed the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the opportunity to combine physical play with the popularity of video games! This inspired us to create the Tek Recon product line, with the goal to be the ultimate progression in blaster performance and play.
Before thinking about the app and the gameplay, we needed to create a product that on its own provided quality, and exceptional value and performance. This really began with the ammo. Foam is great as its reusable and durable, however it is large therefore capacity and performance is limited. Jelly pellets, paint, and paper wads increase capacity and distance, however they’re messy, not intended for indoors, and can’t be reused (meaning you’re constantly buying more). We saw the opportunity for a new form of ammo that combines the benefits of foam but the performance of pellets including: massive cartridge capacity, accurate blasting, long distance, no-mess, non marking and completely reusable. That was the mission for inventing our NRG Rounds, which are compact and space efficient, stretch within chamber and when fired provide for distance and accuracy. Just to give you an idea on some specs, our HammerHead blaster magazine holds 25 NRG Rounds, while our Havok blaster magazine features a dual cartridge magazine holding over 72 NRG Rounds. Both fire over 75ft!
We aspire to make products that will make you say “Wow.” We gave our design team free reign to come up with incredible product designs with a futuristic look. The metallic shade of green and orange on both the HammerHead and Havok make each blaster look like a million bucks (for the price of a toy). The design truly stands out compared to other blasters by the form factor design and the hot paint job. We decided to go from good to great by designing authentic features such as a real working trigger, pump action blasting and realistic recoil. Custom calibration is included, meaning you can decide between rapid and long shot (alters the distance and strength required to stretch the ammo within the chamber).
HOW DO WE BRING VIDEO GAMES TO LIFE? THE APP!
We could have launched Tek Recon long ago as is, but we decided to take it to the next level by integrating enhanced smart device features. We didn’t just want to create a better blaster, but wanted a better blaster WITH a revolutionary new type of gameplay. That’s where we came up with the app. As huge fans of several first person shooting games we wanted the ability to play socially with our friends with all the amazing features video games provide all the while playing with the real world blasters. Imagine playing a Halo styled game with your friends in real life!? Amazing! So we made a list of all the best video game features and then set out on a way to bring them into build those features into the Tek Recon iOS and Android powered app and the online Tek Recon Command.
Here are just a few of its features:
- Create your own Profile by selecting a Username and Avatar.
- Armory to control and create game loadouts, including your blaster, scope, sound effect, and in-game powerups.
- Familiar multiplayer game modes including Isolation (every man for himself), Team Supremacy (team battle), and Capture the Flag (with flags you scan when captured).
- Radar which reveals teammates, as well as opponents.
- In game features such as live chat, on screen ammo counter, simple swipe vision modes (Classic, Night Vision, Heat Seeker, X Ray), quick tap zoom + many more.
In summary, Tek Recon on its own is an incredible, feature packed product that can deliver a meaningful play experience that far exceeds that of current blasters on the market. When combined with our iOS and Android app, Tek Recon WILL create the ultimate gaming experience where any physical area with connectivity becomes your digital play environment!
“It’s the perfect gift for parents who want to get their kids off the Xbox for a few minutes and the perfect toy for kids who never want to stop playing Halo.” - Bloomberg TV
Check out our rewards to be the first to receive our Tek Recon Blasters but also check out the Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE items, as well as your opportunity for an all expense paid trip to present Tek Recon at E3 in LA or the opportunity for your son or daughter to appear in our TV Commercial.
If the blaster itself isn't enough for you, upgrade to the Battle Pack, Squad Leader, or Tek Recon Envoy and receive these exploding targets that you can reuse and set up anywhere!
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Risks and challenges
As with any physical product with as many working parts as Tek Recon, there are a lot of design challenges and issues facing our development team. With 3D Models and Prototypes created, we’ve worked through the majority of challenges, however as moulding progresses minor defects and abrasions will have to be caught and corrected immediately in order to live up to our very high standards for this blaster. That being said, we’re confident in our development team due to their extensive experience developing quality product.
Although we may know what it takes to create a great app, we don’t have the resources and know-how to create the digital world of Tek Recon. For this reason, we’ve formed a great partnership with App and Web developers who are working alongside the Tek Recon team ensuring the digital component of the product lives up to the same high standards we hold ourselves accountable to.
Once funded, Tek Recon will introduce the next generation in gaming by bringing video game styled play to real life. This will be done through wicked feature packed blasters, exceptional app enhanced gaming, and a solid community of dedicated Kickstarter backers and gamers!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Although not always stated within the reward level. Each blaster will come with 1 Smartphone Mount so regardless of how many blasters are received, you can be sure each one will be able to fit your smartphone.
Currently, our Tek Recon Command App will work on the following devices:
iPod Touch 4th Gen / iPod Touch 5th Gen / iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 (+ new releases) Android OS 2.3.3 and up (we don't have a list here as there are just too many smartphones to name).
We've included a 2-way Firing Mechanism: Pump action OR trigger. We've done this as some prefer the pump action while others prefer the trigger. They both work independent of each other, meaning the pump is not needed for "priming" for the trigger.
I have had a number of questions as it relates to the NRG Rounds with there performance and safety. First off know that the product will meet all the safety requirements for CPSIA, CHPA and EN protocols. The NRG Rounds not only describes the shape and performance of the product but stands for: N - Non Marking R - Reusable G - Gaming They make a firm impact but are safe
There will be refills available and they will retail for $4.99 for a pack of 25 units.
We will be shipping all orders to both the US and Canada free of charge. The Kickstarter system will only let us set up for the US and we discovered after we set up the pledges that we should have included in the copy. Shipping charges will apply to outside of Canada and the US only.
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