Armatix high-tech pistol gun only works with the help of a pocket watch

Armatix high-tech pistol gun only works with the help of a pocket watch

Summary: Even guns are going digital. Armatix debuted a pistol that requires the help and proximity of a basic digital sports watch at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade show in Las Vegas. (SHOT, for short. That's too clever that it's downright scary.)

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Even guns are going digital. Armatix debuted a pistol that requires the help and proximity of a basic digital sports watch at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade show in Las Vegas. (SHOT, for short. That's too clever that it's downright scary.)

According to Wired, the German-based company's .22 cal plinker can only fire when in close proximity to the digital watch. To release the extra safety, the watch sends a wireless signal to the gun, at which point a green LED light will light up on the back of the gun (see photo above). (I also hope the watch can tell time.)

Available for shipment next month, these high-tech revolvers won't come cheap, starting at 7,000 euros ($9,718.80).

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  • Worst idea ever

    This type of device only makes sense for a self-defense gun. If it's a target gun, you're not worried about someone taking it away from you. So...

    Horrible caliber for self defense
    Overpriced by a factor greater than 10
    That's not a revolver, if the pic is of the actual gun
    Horrible idea for a self defense gun - what happens if it malfunctions?
    Do you have to wear the watch 24 hours per day in case you have to defend yourself?

    Dozens of other reasons why this won't sell.
    gtvr
    • Ease up a little....

      The only use of the word "revolver" was in (I assume) Rachel's line at the end, not a line from the press release from the company. She may or may not know the difference between a revolver and a semi-auto.

      Other than that, all legitimate criticisms, IMHO.
      rshores
      • And that would be kind of the point.

        Journalists, huh.

        I am not sure how the watch "helps" the user as opposed to disabling the weapon when it's out of contact with the watch. Well, you can tell time with it, I assume. Or does the watch "help" the weapon? I can't figure that one. Is there a little sighting laser in the watch... no, that's dumb. A mechanical or electric stimulator to compensate for recoil? A silent buzz against your wrist when you're aiming at a body-temperature object?
        Robert Carnegie 2009
      • Revolver comes from the original Wired article

        They are apparently planning on implementing the same technology in other weapons, including a larger caliber revolver. On page 2 as listed here:
        http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/01/high-tech-guns-digital-revolvers-koosh-bullets-and-triple-tasers/2/
        /dev/random
  • RE: Armatix high-tech pistol gun only works with the help of a pocket watch

    And the watch is ugly.
    michael.tindall@...
  • The original concept was for peace officers

    and others who carry small arms as part of their duties, to prevent them from being shot with their own gun if it was taken away from them by force or stealth.

    But the peace officers themselves have regularly shunned such devices, because they believe the mechanism could backfire (pardon the pun) and render the weapon useless accidentally, leaving the officer vulnerable or in worst case, dead.

    Guns themselves are pretty simple devices, not needing batteries or anything other than a live round to do their job. Adding electronics (and batteries) to the mix is not necessarily a good thing, at least for professional users.
    terry flores
    • Plus there is the wireless range...

      In a lot of self defense situations the gun is already in close proximity to both the user and the assailant. For example, a peace office draws their weapon to defend themselves and the attacker gets inside the cops arms and is able to do a simple martial arts disarm, the attacker now has the gun and they are close enough to the "watch" that it will still probably fire.

      Also I wonder what would happen if you hit the wearer with a signal jamming device? Would the gun not fire no matter what? That might also be dangerous.
      mr1972