Their aim is safety

Los Angeles Times - - MONDAY BUSINESS - Graph­ics re­port­ing by Melissa Healy

Mul­ti­ple com­pa­nies are de­vel­op­ing so-called smart guns and gun-safety tech­nol­ogy. Their com­mon goal is to pre­vent a firearm’s use by any­one other than an owner or au­tho­rized user. Some of the tech­nol­ogy is still in devel­op­ment. But sev­eral guns in­cor­po­rat­ing safety tech­nol­ogy are al­ready on the mar­ket.

Dy­namic grip recog­ni­tion

De­vel­oped at the New Jer­sey In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and now be­ing fit­ted to a firearm by La­guna Beach-based Al­lied Biometrix, this safe-gun tech­nol­ogy uses sen­sors em­bed­ded in a gun's butt. Those sen­sors read and rec­og­nize an au­tho­rized user's hand grip and store that unique pat­tern into mem­ory. When the trig­ger is squeezed, that grip is matched to stored records, en­abling the gun to fire in­stantly. If it doesn't match, the firearm stays locked.

Ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion

Ar­matix’s iP1 pis­tol and watch, as well as a shot­gun-and-ring sys­tem of­fered by Moss­berg Group Inc., em­bed a ra­dio fre­quency de­vice in an ac­ces­sory worn or car­ried by the gun's au­tho­rized user. When the de­vice is within range of the gun, its sig­nal un­locks the gun for fir­ing. An Ir­ish firm, Trig­gerS­mart, is also de­vel­op­ing this tech­nol­ogy for guns.

Finger­print recog­ni­tion

The In­tel­li­gun pis­tol, of­fered by Ko­diak In­dus­tries, uses finger­print iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy. Safe Gun Tech­nol­ogy Inc. is de­vel­op­ing a finger­print recog­ni­tion de­vice for the AR-15 ri­fle. And Kai Kloepfer, an 18-year-old from Boul­der, Colo., is de­vel­op­ing a hand­gun in­cor­po­rat­ing the tech­nol­ogy. Safe Gun and Kloepfer are both re­cip­i­ents of grants from the Smart Tech for Firearms Chal­lenge.

Lorena Iñiguez Ele­bee

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