Thursday, January 30, 2014

Smart... Rifles.

Yep, you read that correctly.

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

Oren Schauble, a Marketing Official for manufacturer, Tracking Point: "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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