Tech Talk Tuesday: Cyber Gun

Updated: Tuesday, March 4 2014, 11:17 AM MST
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By Lonnie Valencia

Gun Control… It is a hot button topic.  In today’s Tech Talk, I aim down the barrel of a new high tech solution that just might bridge the gap between the views on each end of this controversial issue.



Judge Dredd is a walking, talking, law enforcement nightmare for criminals.  For those of you that are not sci-fi nerds like myself, he is a cult classic of the comic book kind… and Sylvester Stallone played him in the 1995 movie aptly named, “Judge Dredd.”  They remade the movie recently and shortened the title to “Dredd.” Nice!  Anyway, I bring him up not because he was judge, jury, and executioner, but because of his sci-fi weaponry.  He had on him at all times a sidearm that only would fire if he was the one holding it.  DNA encrypted, the gun would electrocute anyone else that tried to use it.  Pretty cool… Right?

This is where sci-fi meets reality.  No! There is no gun that will electrocute a bad guy for taking your firearm, but there is one that will only fire for the owner.  Meet the Armatix iP1 smart gun.  This baby is synced to a watch that only when in the proximity of it will unlock the gun enabling it to fire.  If you’re not wearing the watch that firearm turns into a really expensive paperweight.  That said, why do we still need paperweights in general?  I don’t see the point anymore.  Sorry, I went off topic.  

This new technology has the potential to reduce gun violence, suicides and accidental shootings.  As always, there are people that are praising the new feature and there are some already “what if-ing” it to death.  Don’t know what “what if-ing” is?  It is where you bring up somewhat un-probable situations that stack the odds against whatever you don’t like.  For example… What if you fall into water and a terrorist paratroops in.  You reach for your firearm and the electronics don’t work.  What then?  That is “what if-ing.”  That said, there are some good points that are being brought up, like battery life of the watch or the electronics on the gun. What is the durability of it all?  Truth is, those questions are the good to be asked about any new tech and/or gun.  What confuses people is when tech questions begin to mash together with regular questions about the mechanics of a hybrid tech/gun.   I think that is what is throwing many people for a loop.  I look at it like this, if I were an owner of this new tech/gun I would have a a charging station on my nightstand for my phone, tablet and now gun.  It’s just a new thing to charge.  


According to the “American Journal of Public Health,” they did an investigation in 2009 on the relationship of owning a gun and the likelihood you’d be shot with it.  They found out that if you live in Philadelphia, Pa. (as that is where they did the investigation),

“Individuals in possession of a gun were 4.46 (P < .05) times more likely to be shot in an assault than those not in possession.”

That is scary to me as I’m a gun owner.  In my opinion, I like to think of myself as pro gun.  I own many firearms as I hunt on occasion and like to hit the range from time to time.  The one firearm I’ve yet to add to my collection has been a handgun.  I have two little kids that like to get into my space and having them stumble on my nightstand protection has been a long running nightmare for me.  Being a news photojournalist for 15 years I’ve covered several local stories of this type of nightmare.  Now, if the iP1 is locked down as much as it is advertised I would think that it would cut down on some of the nightmarish accidents that happen.  Don’t get me wrong, nothing is 100% accident proof but if this just shaves a 1% off of accidental shootings I don’t think this is a bad idea.  Could it be improved?  Sure! Do we have a Judge Dredd type of a weapon? No! But, we are getting there, and these advancements are baby steps to a better and safer gun filled world, at least in my opinion we are. Now that I gave my opinion, I really can’t tell what this gun can do without testing it myself.  Do you hear that Armatix?  You guys can send me one and I’ll put it through the ringer and see if it works.  No?  Well it was worth a try.  

On a side note, you gun savvy individuals, Armatix’s iP1 only comes in .22 LR caliber and if you know anything about ammo, you know that is the hardest caliber to find right now.  To me that is another corky safety feature as you’ll never find the ammo to use with the iP1, so just hit intruders on the head with the thing and use it that way.

Let me know what you think about the futuristic gun.  What do you think is a good feature for the next one?  And Would you buy a iP1 if you and the chance? As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.

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