How do the lasers work in laser tag?

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When a laser tag phaser fires a shot what you see is a laser beam. The laser beam is for affect only. What scores the actual hit or tag depends on the system in which you are playing )typically it's an IR or infrared signal), much like the kind used in your television remote control.

While you are firing an actual laser in laser tag, the actual entity tagging an opponent's pack is typically an IR signal.

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The above answer is fairly accurate, however to be more specific, it's not Infra-Red signals that determine whether a tag is scored as much as it is FM signals, much like the frequencies used in radio.


I know for a fact that pure laser tag, without IR or FM first existed commercially in 1986 and used solar cells as receivers. Why it never really took off until recently I do not know.

Laser Runner claims to be the only existing pure laser tag technology:

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