The line between video games and real life have long been debated by the experts. Do video games actually further drive people’s desire to perform activities they’d otherwise be too inhibited to perform? I say no, but the battle wages on.
And now, adding fuel to the fire, is a rifle – yes, one that shoots actual bullets – that further blurs the lines between a game like environment and real life. It’s called the TrackingPoint rifle.
Using a variety of sensors, including a laser range finder, wind meter, thermometer and variety of other factors, the TrackingPoint rifle is able to perform the otherwise complex calculations with ease, determines when the optimal time is to fire, and effectively hits your target for you. That isn’t to say the riflemen is negated from the equation, but a novice shooter, with little to no experience, can hit targets that were once only achievable by a veteran soldier.
The scope, which can be user protected with a password, contains a color graphic display. Once the trigger is pulled, and the scope is appropriately aligned using the on-screen information, the rifle will fire a shot down range. And that shot can be recorded, provided the TrackingPoint rifle has been connected to smart device (e.g. iPad) using its built-in WiFi. After the shot has been completed, the recorded kill can then be distributed to social networks.
Suffice to say the Smart Rifle is amongst us.
Many pundits will claim that the TrackingPoint rifle is dangerous and negates the sport of shooting. Arguably so, but at a cost of $22,000 a piece, it’s unlikely that just any knuckle head will be able to get their hands on one of these. Nevertheless, much like the 3D Printed Gun, legislation is sure to emerge around the object.