Founder: Dr. Robert Harshaw
Date Established: 1994
Date Closed: 2005
Number of Locations: 45
Dr. Robert Harshaw – President/CEO
Rod Allen – Vice President, Marketing
David Groos – Sr. Vice President
First Facility: Wakayami-Shi, Japan. The facility’s name was LaserTech, opened November 11, 1994.
Equipment: LaserTrek was designed by Heads Up technology and their equipment, especially their laser gun, was one of the most unique on the market. Their laser tag system was called the LaserTrek LDD-1 Arcade Game System.
Their vest featured speakers on the front and back of each shoulder, along with IR sensors on the front and back of the chest piece, the chest piece also featured a player ID number and a strobe.
The LDD-1 phaser gun was the most unique-looking part of their equipment. The laser gun featured an LCD display on the back, two IR sensors, a rubber nozzle, the lower ring of the gun held a replaceable battery, and a dual trigger design that forced the player to use both hands.
History: One morning Dr. Rob Harshaw saw his neighbor, Neil Farren, then Vice President of Q-Zar, and had a conversation with him. Shortly after this conversation Farren left Q-Zar. Dr. Harshaw was the owner of Heads Up technology and had been neighbors with Farren for years.Today’s conversation was about Q-Zar’s problem with their new laser tag system, Q6. Harshaw told Farren that Heads up could give them some technical assistance, Farren took him up on his offer and eventually Heads Up developed a new laser tag system for Q-Zar, but Q-Zar never paid the bill for the new system. So Dr. Harshaw took back his new laser tag system and developed a new division of Heads Up called LaserTrek. In 2005, LaserTrek made the business decision to cease developmental efforts, but did commit to maintain support of existing facilities and to our knowledge have still continued to do so.