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PIN-controlled self-locking gun has safety in its sights

by • August 4, 2016 • No Comments

One of the problems with handguns is that it is actually quite complex to store them both on the market for immediate use, yet secure against falling into the wrong hands. San Diego-based startup Safety First Arms is looking to solve that problem with its self-locking Smart 2 pistol, that is unlocked via a built-in PIN pad and incorporates an anti-theft alarm to prevent theft, tampering, and unauthorized use.

Smart guns are frequently proposed as a way to prevent gun thefts or tragic accidents while enabling firearms to stay readily on the market. Some of these use fingerprints or other biometrics to activate guns, while others rely on RFID rings, watches, or wristbands that require to be in the vicinity of the gun to allow it to be fired. But while these have their advantages, they in addition have a few practical complexies.

“The problem with these other creations is that they just aren’t practical,” says Brian Weinberg, co-founder and engineer of Safety First Arms. “Fingerprint readers have unacceptable reliability issues in the real world where individuals wear gloves or their hands are wet, moisturized or dirty. And, RFID rings and watches are not practical for many individuals and do nothing to preserve against tampering and theft.”

Today in the prototype phase, Smart 2 consists of a 9mm pistol or a AR-15 type rifle. According to the company, they’re created to be tamper-proof and can be left loaded and eager on a bedside table without the danger of theft or mishandling.

Smart 2 works by means of a light-up integrated PIN pad much like to the ones on hotel room safes or ATMs. A three to five-digit PIN unlocks the gun in under a 2nd, while a 2nd safety on the back of the grip relocks the gun instantly in a third of a 2nd if released, so if it is actually mislaid or wrested of the owner, it is actually rendered harmless.

In addition, Smart 2 has a Theft Guard showcase, that is a motion detector and keypad monitor. If the gun is tampered with or moved, after a preset number of 2nds, it sounds a loud, piercing alarm if the PIN isn’t entered. There’s in addition a 12-hour unlock mode to turn the Smart 2 into a conventional firearm for a limited time. For introduced preserveion, the gun can’t be accessed wirelessly and has a long-life battery that warns when it is actually time for replacement and sounds an alarm if ignored.

Safety First says that the Smart 2 can be on the market in of two years, and although the company has just generated a single functional 3D-printed prototype, it has aleager secured US$1 million in orders of two gun shops. The estimated price is US$1,295.

The video at a lower place introduces the Smart 2.

Source: Safety First Arms

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