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US Army invests in Linux-powered, Wi-Fi capable 'smart rifles'

The US Army is testing precision guided, Wi-Fi capable, Linux-powered 'smart' rifles
By Anthony Garreffa from Jan 19, 2014 @ 22:24 CST

It seems that the United States military is investing in some next-gen firearms, which feature an internal computer, sensors that gauge environmental factors to help soldiers aim, and more, according to tech startup, Tracking Point.



Tracking Point has announced that the US military purchased six of its "smart" rifles, which are priced at between $10,000 and $27,000 each. The smart rifles feature technology so advanced that the initial investment should pay itself off over and over again in the future. A soldier equipped with a smart rifle would simply need to tag a target viewable on a screen, which is found on the gun's scope. The internal computer will then tell the shooter exactly how to hold the gun, and when to press the trigger.


Oren Schauble, a Marketing Official for the company: "Rifles can communicate with each other. We can enable a more information-driven combat in the sense that you can tag targets. You can pass off those targets to someone else with a scope. There's a whole layer of communication that comes with having a rifle that can designate and track targets."




The smart rifles are also wireless, which means footage and information is live streamed to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop nearby. A Tracking Point rep, Scott Calvin, explains: "The only way to guarantee accuracy is to control all the variables."


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