Innovis Labs is new startup company that wants to merge the virtual world of combat gaming with real-world tactical games like paintball and airsoft. Their smartphone app, Overwatch, is meant to simulate what Call of Duty or Battlefield characters feel and the situations they are place in, IRL. By attaching their iPhone to a wristband or a airsoft gun, users can track the movement of other players on the field, in the same way that gamers can locate their opponents on a minimap radar screen. Josh Moody, CEO of the app, wants to “[connect] gamers with the field around them” and arrange a setting in which players can be more active and mobile.
Overwatch makes use of the smartphone’s GPS radar to transmit and receive live data. While GPS signaling is better equipped for larger battlefields, Wi-fi location-fixing methods give indoor locations and smaller arenas the same kind gaming perks. Overwatch comes with heavy load of features: live voice chat, panic button, hit button and in-game perks such as radar jamming and spoofing your location.
The project is still seeking crowdfunding on Indiegogo. If you want to enhance your gaming experience, don’t forget to give your support. You can find more about the project here.
Here is how a paintball match would look like when all players are geared up with Overwatch, check it out.