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13 February 2011 - 12:31 PMOkay. As long as I know the reasoning behind the wait, a few extra weeks to wait for gear in the middle of winter is no big
22 January 2011 - 07:14 PM
To elaborate on Pirate's statement, this isn't a motion tracker, in the sense that it is advertised akin to the heartbeat sensor. The motion tracker is basically a complex Google Maps display - your unit gets its coordinates via GPS, then uses UHF radio signals to find other units in the area, which signal their relative coordinates. Meaning, the only people that are displayed are people with motion trackers themselves.
The good? They're cool. I mean, really, the entire concept of the product is just awesome. As well, when equipped to your allies, you can at least have an idea where your team is, which could be very beneficial for large games.
The bad? In addition to the limitation of only picking up other MT users, this thing is $250 a piece. Now, the most practical use is a quick survey of where your teammates are. With a $65 radio, I can do the same thing, just somewhat less efficiently.
EDIT: See this article for their own description.
22 January 2011 - 04:21 PMWell, I went paintballing today with about a foot of fresh snow on about another foot of old, compact stuff, and things were pretty fun. However, only five of a planned dozen or so showed up, so we had some monstrous 3v2 games all around.
One field we played was a Vietnam setting, with an American fort on a hill overlooking a village of huts. We were playing attack-defend, and I was trying to take a road that went past the fort, because the side of the road had a two foot embankment I thought I could crawl behind. Well, the fort was high enough on the hill that the occupants could see me behind my cover, so they started raining paint. I sensed the shots whizzing past me, and even saw them puffing in the snow in front of my face, so I started some frantic crawling through the powder to try and get behind something. Finally, I got shot in the mask, but when I stood up I looked like Frosty the Snowman, and a few minutes later my outer sweatshirt was frozen stiff.
In another situation, I managed to sneak behind the enemy team through a building. The first guy I shot at (Thumper113, topic OP ) I missed, but I was concealed enough (and so far behind them) that he couldn't tell where I was at all. I missed three more times out of comic irony, before finally shooting him in the vest. The surviving player was on a little rise in the hill behind a bush, so I ran up behind him for a barrel tag. However, that particular hill had been heavily used by an earlier group, so as I rushed at him I slipped multiple times (loudly) but went completely unnoticed, until eventually the ref stopped the shenanigans and called my "victim" out.
17 January 2011 - 07:26 PM*Nerdgasm*
We have the technology to do such awesome stuff, if only we could integrate it. The 360 Kinect has detection down pat, there are cameras that can fit in pens, and now these displays for ski masks? Screw flying cars, THIS is the future, and it is awesome.
Now, we just need the powered exosuits. Oh wait, Japan's on that already:
This be trippin'
EDIT: On further consideration, I've realized that this is the future. And I still have a good 70 more years of it. HELL YES.
08 January 2011 - 02:14 PMI loved it last year, but budgeting for DDay means I can't afford the travel budget this year.
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