The gun that tells its shooter

Posted: March 26, 2014 in News

According to CNN NEWS

As a teenager, Omer Kiyani was shot in the face with an unsecured firearm. He still struggles with the trauma. But the Detroit engineer now believes he has created a device that would have saved him and may save thousands of others.

He calls it “Identilock,” and while it still needs final adjustments to the prototype and further investment, Kiyani expects to launch his smart gun technology in U.S. stores within a year, retailing for around $300.

The device attaches to the trigger of a handgun, which can then only be unlocked by biometric authentication, preventing any unauthorized user from firing the weapon. Drawing on breakthroughs in mobile technology, the trigger is released by similar fingerprint sensors to those used in Apple’s iPhone 5S. Those sensors are approved by the FBI, and widely found in security scanners.

“The key is reliability,” says Kiyani. “The sensor has proved itself in different sectors over the past few years and the market is aware of its capability.”

The gun is enabled in under a second from first contact, and engineers are chipping away to further reduce the time. Eventually, it is hoped the lock will be integrated and the release will be instant.

“The main point of firearms ownership is home defense, and home defense means quick access,” says Kiyani. “But the other side of that is accidents.”

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