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German smart gun Bonds firearms to their owners
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, armatix.de, out now