The world of tech has been getting smarter with smartphones, smart watches and now smart... guns? It has finally come to light: a pistol that only fires when you are wearing a certain watch.
According Armatix, the manufacturer:
"Armatix Smart System - a consistent concept of gun safety for the future. In the case of conventional handguns, the gun is no longer secured the moment the shooter removes it from the safe or other security system. In the case of Armatix's Smart System, security extends a decisive step beyond this point!"
Each watch is encoded with an electronic chip that interacts with the gun.
"Smart System consists of a radio-controlled watch that is responsible for gun access and use. A Smart System gun will only shoot if it is within range of this watch. It is possible to release the safety mechanism via the radio controlled watch activated by means of a PIN code. As soon as the gun loses radio contact with the watch - e.g. if it is knocked out of the shooter's hand or in case of loss, theft, etc. - it automatically deactivates itself."
It is reported that the gun itself is not the best option when it comes to getting the best bang for the buck. The iP1 pistol is a .22 LR caliber gun that hold 10 rounds with a price tag of $1,399. The watch is also pricey, $399, and is sold separately. It comes equipped with time-controlled weapon deactivation and interchangeable straps, power supply for 5,000 rounds or a minimum of one year standby, depending on operation.
So what does this all mean? Well, not only does it look like something from Robocop or Skyfall, but it also allows for better gun safety. It's like having your own personal firearm that will only fire when you are holding it. Only time will tell if the iP1 and RFID watch will sell. What it does however, is show that there is a demand for this technology. And when other gun manufacturers start making these, you can expect the price to drop.