An Interview With the Woman Who Invented Laser Tag
The concept of laser tag has captivated people for decades. But few people know that the popular game was actually invented by a woman. Her name is Rebecca Shullman, an inventor and engineer who had the idea for the game way back in 1979.
I recently had the chance to interview Rebecca to learn more about her invention and what inspired her to create it.
Q: What inspired you to create laser tag?
A: I wanted to create an exciting game that could be played indoors or outdoors. I wanted it to be something people of all ages could enjoy and have fun with. I also wanted it to be safe, which is why I decided to use lasers instead of real guns.
Q: How did you come up with the concept of laser tag?
A: I had been working on a project involving lasers and I thought it would be a good idea to create a game using them. I ultimately decided on laser tag because of the popularity of similar games like paintball and airsoft.
Q: What was the development process like for creating laser tag?
A: It was a long process. I had to develop the laser guns and the sensors that would be used to track the shots. I also had to figure out the rules of the game and create a scoring system. It took a lot of trial and error to get it to where it is today.
Q: How have you seen laser tag evolve over the years?
A: It has definitely evolved a lot since I first created it. We now have laser tag arenas, different types of laser guns, and even video game versions of laser tag. It’s been really exciting to see the game grow and reach a wider audience.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring inventors?
A: My advice would be to never give up and keep pushing forward no matter how difficult things may seem. You never know what ideas you might have that could potentially change the world.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I’m currently working on a new project that combines virtual reality and laser tag. It’s exciting and it’s been a lot of fun to work on.
Rebecca’s vision for a game that could be enjoyed by people of all ages has become a reality. Laser tag is now a popular game that can be found in arcades, amusement parks, and even laser tag arenas. It’s all thanks to the hard work and dedication of Rebecca Shullman and her invention.