A Research Project on Hybrid Experiences

Elite CommandAR

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Elite CommandARIn Elite CommandAR your smartphone is mounted onto a physical toy gun transforming the two into a first-person shooter. As the AR gun is scanned around, players can aim at and shoot the virtual aliens as they appear in the real surroundings.

Similar to Hasbro’s Lazer Tag, WowWee’s Elite CommandAR lets you connect your Apple iPhone or iPod or Android phone to a physical toy gun and play against real-world or digital “enemies” simultaneously. Your Apple or Android device acts as your “screen,” through which, utilizing the built-in camera, you can view both your real-life surroundings and digital elements, software generated aliens, superimposed on those surroundings. The game controls use a first-person viewpoint with pan and tilt functions. Users aim the pistol and pull its trigger to shoot enemies and targets in the game. Secondary pistol buttons can be used to raise shield, change weapons, select special weapons and reload. Game modes include Campaign (undertake a mission to save Earth), Training (hone your skills on the shooting range) and AR Battle (battle digital enemies invading your living room). The game also includes 2-player co-op mode where the campaign can be completed together.


Author: Heikki Tyni

Heikki Tyni is a researcher at Tampere University Game Research Lab. His work concentrates on the game industry, and specifically on game production studies.

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