A “smart gun” that one would associate with fictitious agent, James Bond, is now on sale in the United States (US). The gun has a security style element in that makes it so that the gun can only be fired if the user is sporting a special watch. Many supporters have backed its introduction, and claim the technology could have a major impact on the gun industry and be welcomed to the debate for controls on firearms.
Armatix iP1 is a German-made product and comes with a watch that contains electric chips. These communicate with the mechanics of the gun. A pin code activates the watch and if it is close enough to the weapon, a light turns green and the gun is activated. The RFID chips are also found on tags attached to expensive clothes.
The gun has striking similarities to the one used in the most recent Bond film. In Skyfall, Daniel Craig who plays Bond is given a gun that is activated by has palm print recognition technology. It means 007 is always recognized as the user and fails to operate if it ends up in a villain’s hands. There are many in the United States who see this model as a landmark gun and could help reduce gun violence.
Its introduction comes at a time when Democrat Senator Ed Markey is fighting for more gun controls. One idea is to make sure only authorized handlers can use guns sold in the country. Markey wants to introduce a bill with similar personalization technology within a couple of years. At the moment, Markey will be pleased to know a new James Bond style gun has gone on sale in California.
Markey’s other plans include retro-fitting older guns within three years. However, there will be exemptions for antique guns and military arms. However, any new bill will have its detractors and critics of this one claim the technology will not stem homicides. One reason is that they often occur between people who already know each other. Around 300 million guns are said to be in circulation.
Gun crime in the America has long been a talking point, particularly when gunmen go on the rampage in schools and other public places. The terrible events are often followed up by debates on gun laws and fun controls. Yet while there are many who want the laws tightened, there are many who want the status quo. The new James Bond style smart gun going on sale may add an interesting angle to the debate, especially with the timing of Markey’s plan bill. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen just how much of an impact the new gun has on the gun industry and just how many will be tempted to buy the gun and watch instead of a more traditional firearm.
For those interested in acquiring the new Armatrix iP1, the .22-calibre pistol is available in California. It is priced at $1,399 and the watch is an extra $399. Whether shoppers are gun enthusiasts or just fans of collecting James Bond style gadgets, a smart gun one would associate with the British secret agent is now on sale.
By Robert Shepherd