TrackingPoint Inc., the Texas company that specializes in creating precision guided firearms, has harnessed Google Glass technology to create a firearm that can hit targets that are behind corners. It’s called the the first precision-guided firearm (PGF).
“When paired with wearable technology, PGFs can provide unprecedented benefits to shooters, such as the ability to shoot around corners, from behind low walls, and from other positions that provide exceptional cover,” TrackingPoint claimed in a press release. “Without PGF technology, such positions would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fire from.”
The new device works much like a fight jets head’s up display (HUD), Vice’s technology website Motherboard reported Wednesday. “TrackingPoint’s wearable PGF app gives users the visual aids needed to take their aiming and shooting chops to previously impossible levels,” the website said.
“Being able to shoot around corners and over hills is a little mind-blowing when you actually do it. Things keep on rolling,” TrackingPoint’s Oren Schauble told Motherboard in April.
A promotional video for the new technology posted on YouTube by TrackingPoint states: “Combined with the tracking point precision guided firearm, wearable technology allows for accurate shots around corners, from supported positions, behind-the-back, to the side and over barricades. TrackingPoint Shotview App streams video from the heads up display in the person-guided firearms networks tracking scope to WiFi devices. This enables direct device streaming for phones, tablets and many wearables. For additional networking, phones can connect via bluetooth and the Internet to share the apps data with additional devices.”
The company ends its promotional video by saying that TrackingPoint’s research and testing facilities are making “science fiction a reality.”
TrackingPoint Inc. is also the maker of a new rifle that essentially turns novice marksmen into super snipers.
In January, Chief Executive Officer Jason Schaubie told the defense website military.com that military users have a fire-shot success rate from 1,000 meters of between 20 percent to 30 percent (which jumps to 70 percent on their second attempt). Demonstrations were made at the nation’s largest gun show in Las Vegas, Nev., the SHOT Show, and the U.S. military was convinced — it purchased “several units for testing and evaluation purposes,” Mr. Schaubie said at the time.