Sunday, January 31, 2010

Gun-Watch Safety Feature

(Las Vegas, Nevada) Introduced at this year's Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show was this high-tech gun and watch combination. Apparently, the safety feature prevents accidental shootings.

The gun-watch pair is manufactured by Armatix GmbH.
The German firm has an electronic safety that automatically disables the pistol when it’s not within a few inches of a custom wristwatch. The watch sends a wireless arming signal to the gun.

If the gun is picking up a signal from the watch, a green LED on the back lights up. Try squeezing the handle without wearing the watch, and you will see a red warning light.

Anyone can pick up a limited edition version of the pistol for about 7,000 euro, which is pretty steep for a .22cal plinker. They start shipping next month.
Note that 7,000 euros equals US$9,720 at current exchange rates.

Regarding the gun-watch combo, I'm curious as to whether the combination will work if the shooter wears his watch on his left arm which is typical for people who shoot right-handed. And another thing. What happens if someone steals the watch? It's pretty ugly but stranger things have happened.

In any event, the gun-watch combo places equal importance, if not more, on the control and protection of the watch as with the gun. To assure your firearm is secured, you now have to also make sure your watch is properly secured. Jeez! I'd hate to have to fumble around looking for my gun and watch in the dark late at night when I hear an intruder in my home.

1 comment:

Conan Albrecht said...

That's really cool technology, but no thanks. One of the greatest parts of firearms is they *don't* require electricity. They just work. A firearm can sit around for decades and still work.

I'll be willing to worry about batteries, wireless signals, etc., when I get a full laser pistol (the Star Trek kind). Until then, I'll keep the low tech, "just works" kind of firearms.