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Ger­man smart gun Bonds firearms to their own­ers

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The Ar­mi­tix iP1 Dig­i­tal Smart Gun might trig­ger a revo­lu­tion in weapon tech­nol­ogy

THIS ANTI-THEFT SHOTER IS CERTA IN LY SMART , BUT un­like OO7’s palm print-sen­si­tive Walther PPK in Sky­fall, the Ger­man-made Ar­mi­tix iP1 Dig­i­tal Smart Gun re­lies on a ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (RFID) chip to com­mu­ni­cate with a smartwatch side­kick on the wrist of the le­gal owner. If the firearm is fur­ther than 40mm from the timepiece, it re­fuses to fire.

The iP1 also has the added se­cu­rity of a five-digit PIN code to turn it on and the op­tion of pro­gram­ming the pis­tol to only fire for short bursts. Peace of mind, in­deed. We’d per­son­ally rec­om­mend keep­ing your ar­se­nal safely un­der lock and key, or us­ing words as weapons in­stead. But, hey, we’re paci­fists. We can still marvel at the LEDs on the bar­rel, which change colour as a magazine loads.

Weigh­ing 518g when empty, the iP1 fires .22 LR cal­i­bre rounds and has an ef­fec­tive range of 69 me­tres. The iP1 is, of course, listed for sale in the US, where it has caused up­roar amongst gun ad­vo­cacy groups, as mem­bers fear a fu­ture where all firearms are smarter than the peo­ple squeez­ing the trig­gers. US$10,000, ar­, out now

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