A crappy looking watch and a gun that depends on it

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 and the gun will not fire. 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. (Source – Wired)

7000 EUR = $9712 USD (at today’s exchange rate)… OUCH!

I know that I’m a watch snob, but that one just looks terrible!  What would have been wrong with using an RFID tag that you could just carry in your pocket that would communicate with the gun. The gun must take batteries too if it lights up, so there’s another thing to worry about.

I’d rather see electronics and guns stay away from each other in general, unless we are talking about railguns, those are awesome.

Armatix website – HERE

The page is in German, and for some reason does not cooperate with google translate.  I managed to navigate a bit on it though, and it looks like they sell a few other types of gun safety devices.

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Ted January 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Bwa hahahahhaha!

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cavalier February 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Proposed laws would require all firearms sold in a state to be “user specific/smart guns” once they are available. This may well qualify for that. Thankful this is only a technology demonstration.

However, I love technology AND guns, so this is just too cool for words. I would love to try this out and see how well it works, although not at that price.

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Admin (Mike) February 1, 2010 at 02:34 pm

I’d prefer to keep electronics out of guns. Especially if the gun relies on something electronic to work. The fact that guns are purely mechanical is part of what draws me to them. To each his own though!

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Linoge February 1, 2010 at 04:24 pm

The watch looks like ass – no doubt – but that pistol is one sleek-looking piece of hardware. Apart from a dubious grip for racking purposes, would that more firearms shared that style of aesthetics…

As for the idea of smartguns… untested, unproven, failure-prone from damned near every direction, and a glamtacular non-solution. Sounds like exactly the kind of things anti-rights advocates latch onto.

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Admin (Mike) February 2, 2010 at 04:35 pm

Yea good call! With sweaty hands that would be like trying to grab a greased pig. :lol:

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