A pistol of 9 mm caliber with a fingerprint scanner, NFC and a PIN-code input panel was created in the USA. These components make it possible to identify the owner. If someone outside wants to use the pistol, he will not be able to shoot from it. Sales of smart weapons will begin in 2022. At least three American companies are working in this direction.
In the United States, a smart pistol has been developed that can recognize its owner. According to Reuters, an outsider will not be able to fire a single shot from him thanks to the built-in identification systems.
The pistol was created by LodeStar Works, founded in 2017. The weapon is designed for 9 mm caliber cartridges. Owner identification is carried out using a fingerprint scanner located on the side of the barrel and an NFC sensor. Optionally, you will need to enter a PIN-code, after which the gun can be used for its intended purpose.
LodeStar Works is going to begin mass distribution of its pistol by the end of 2022. The price will be within $ 895 (67 thousand rubles at the Central Bank exchange rate for January 12, 2022). For example, it is cheaper than the Apple iPhone 13 mini smartphone, which in Russia costs at least 70 thousand rubles.
Test version of the pistol. The final version, probably. will look different
The developers claim that their pistol, like a modern smartphone, can be configured for multiple users. The maximum number of people who can fire a shot from it is not disclosed.
The main difference between the brainchild of LodeStar Works and the attempts of other companies to create smart weapons lies precisely in the simultaneous use of three degrees of protection at once. According to Reuters, before either a separate fingerprint or NFC sensor. This is a kind of reassurance – for example, a fingerprint scanner may not work in a wet room, in which case a PIN code will come in handy.
Competition is growing
Another company, SmartGunz, is working on a smart gun with fingerprint recognition. According to its employees, smart weapons of its development are already being tested in law enforcement agencies. So far, we are talking only about tests of an early version of the pistol, which is an alternative to the creation of LodeStar Works, but has a more simplified design.
How exactly SmartGunz managed to achieve such a quick introduction of its pistol remains unknown. However, this may be due to the fact that US Senator Tom Holland from the state of Kansas was included in the list of co-founders of the company in 2020.
LodeStar Works Creation Challenge
The company also does not say which division is testing its development. At the same time, the cost of the pistol is known – for the police and other law enforcement agencies it will be $ 1,795 (134.3 thousand rubles). Civilians wishing to get their hands on the weapons of the future will be forced to pay $ 2,195 (164.3 thousand rubles).
The company Biofire from Colorado (USA) is moving in the same direction. She also creates a pistol with a built-in fingerprint.
Not everyone likes progress
Smart weapons, despite the fact that they are not yet on sale, have already found their first opponents. In their opinion, such a pistol (or any other type) would be “too risky” to use during an emergency, for example, when protecting a home or a relative from an attack. Police officers in the “field” conditions will also be of little use from him.
The LodeStar Works pistol uses the classic trigger mechanism
They do not explain their opinion. Probably, we are talking about a possible failure of protection, when the fingerprint does not work, and there will be no time to enter the PIN-code.
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Also, there is still no data on how successfully smart pistols will be able to resist hackers. Cybercriminals have successfully postponed the era of smart weapons at least once.
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This happened in 2014. The German company Armatix released a .22 caliber smart pistol protected by NFC. Hackers quickly discovered a defect in it – the sensor was easily bypassed using a conventional magnet. After that, the pistol lost its smart component, and anyone could shoot from it.
As a result, the creation of Armatix quickly lost interest in the eyes of potential buyers. The smart pistol was withdrawn from retail, and its production was discontinued.