The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimates that nearly 200,000 guns are stolen in the U.S. every year. A German company has a plan to make those guns useless once they leave their registered owners.
The Armatix Smart System consists of a gun and an RFID-enabled watch that have to be within range of each other to work. Without the watch, the gun is rendered useless and will not fire.
The solution is viewed as a cure not only for stolen weapons, but for preventing curious children and others from firing guns that they may have access to around their home or workplace.
As soon as the gun loses radio contact with the watch, such as if it is knocked out of the shooter’s hand or in case of loss or theft, the device automatically deactivates itself.
At a recent event hosted by the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, Armatix exhibited a non-firing model of its $1,399 handgun that shoots only when it’s near a $399 RFID watch worn by the owner.
“We’ve invested over $100 million developing this technology and there’s nothing else like it on the market today,” Belinda Padilla, president and CEO of Armatix USA, told SF Gate.
The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, awarding entrepreneurs $1 million to develop gun safety technology in weapons.