Smart Guns are now for Sale

24/02/2014 by GFS
A German company Armatix has released the world's first "smart hand gun"—a real-life version of James Bond's biometrically encoded pistol.

Armatix iP1 gun requires the user to wear a radio-controlled wristwatch, which uses microchips to communicate with the gun. But, as soon as the gun loses contact with the watch—i.e. knocked out of the shooter's hand—it will automatically deactivate itself.

Armatix's Smart System also acts as a sort-of LoJack for the gun, which can be tracked online if lost or stolen. For practice, turn on the optional Target Control setting, and the weapon will function only when pointed at a "permitted" target.
The .22 LR caliber Armatix iP1 pistol comes with a 10-round magazine, various operating modes, and boasts an operating distance of up to 10 inches.

The accompanying waterproof watch, meanwhile, showcases the watch and weapon's charge levels, offers time-controlled weapon deactivation, and comes with interchangeable straps, as well as enough power to handle 5,000 rounds or a minimum one year of standby. It also tells the local time.

According to the International Business Times, the iP1 set is on sale in California for about $1,800—$1,399 for the gun, and another $399 for the watch.
As the IBT noted, Sen. Ed Markey introduced a bill this week that would require similar personalization technology for guns. The Handgun Trigger Safety Act calls for all handguns manufactured in the U.S. to be "personalized" devices within two years of the bill's passage.

Furthermore, existing gun sellers would have to retrofit their devices with this technology within three years of the bill's enactment.
"No one wants children to get access to a handgun and hurt themselves or others," Markey said in a statement. "This is the type of gun safety legislation that everyone—regardless of political party or affiliation—should be able to support."
Markey is likely facing an uphill battle. In January, gun makers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger Co. said that a new California law requiring semiautomatic pistols to be equipped with technology called microstamping might result in them pulling out of the state for good.