The watch’s primary purpose is not to provide accurate time, though it does. The watch makes the gun think. Electronic chips inside the gun and the watch communicate with each other. If the watch is within close reach of the gun, a light on the grip turns green. Fire away. No watch means no green light. The gun becomes a paperweight. via ‘We need the iPhone of guns’: Will smart guns transform the gun industry? – The Washington Post.
Many liberals and gun-control advocates will hail the arrival of this new gun from Armatix. But as has always been the problem with this technology, it simply adds another potential point of failure at the most critical moment. Ask any fire fighter and you’ll have a hard time finding one who hasn’t responded to a call in which battery power smoke alarms failed because, well, the batteries were never changed and the smoke alarm didn’t work when it was needed most. And more to the point, it should be noted that for all the push for these “smart guns,” you don’t see law enforcement or military begging for them. Why? Because they too see it as a point of failure and a solution looking for a problem that is cheaper and easier to solve with simple training and practice. Much like cars, there is a push to find an electronic means to eliminate human error.
All that said, the Armatix iP1 product makes some very bold claims…Not the least of which is the security technology that only allows the $1400 gun to fire if you have a $400 watch that is sold separately unless you buy the kit! Caliber? .22LR. Capactiy, 10 rounds (legal in California but, illegal in New York). Operating distance from the $400 watch? 15 inches. And the best part? It knows when you’re “on target!” So here we have a gun that requires nearly unobtainable ammo, in a caliber we wouldn’t normally use for self-defense, and requires a special watch to function, that may or may not allow us to shoot our intended target because it’s not “approved.” Yup, perfect gun for California’s police departments!