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Armatix iP1 smart gun sales started

A few days ago in the United States began selling a new pistol called Armatix iP1. In light of the features of the US arms market, a similar news does not look anything special. However, this time the company developing a new pistol proposed a development that, allegedly, could have a significant impact on the further development of small arms. weapons and related technologies. It should be noted, the first information about the new gun appeared a few months ago. However, he went on sale just now.

Armatix iP1 smart gun sales started

While iP1 pistol is offered only in one of the stores in California. For 1798 dollars, the buyer can purchase a set from a pistol and an iW1 electronic watch designed for it. In addition, the official website of the Armatix company offers a special version of the weapon kit, which includes an additional lock for the weapon and its control panel.

The main feature of the new development of the German company Armatix is ​​a special electronics that allows you to control the operation of the mechanisms of the gun. In the iP1 pistol itself and the iW1 watch attached to it, there is a set of chips and mechanical components that track their relative position and, if necessary, block the possibility of firing. In order for the gun to fire a shot, an iW1 watch must be in close proximity to it. The range within which the circuit breaker is removed is equal to 10 inches (about 25 cm). The electronics of the pistol and clock uses RFID technology.

The authors of the project claim that equipping the pistol with special electronics will not allow an attacker to use stolen weapons. In addition, supporters of the new weapons believe that it will be able to influence the number of crimes involving the use of firearms, suicides and armed clashes between gangsters. The new technology is compared with airbags used on cars.

The iP1 pistol (intelligente Pistole 1 - the 1 Smart Pistol) is designed for use with .22LR cartridges and is equipped with an 10 magazine for cartridges. All structural elements are mounted on a plastic frame, the use of metal parts is minimized. The total length of the gun is 168 mm, 92 of which falls on the barrel. Without ammunition, the pistol weighs about 550 g. Like other self-loading pistols, iP1 uses automatics based on the recoil of the free gate.

The number of controls of the new gun is minimized. In addition to the trigger, it only has a magazine button and a slide delay lever. There is no separate mechanical safety lock controlled by the shooter - automatic equipment is responsible for blocking the mechanisms. For ease of use, the gun is equipped with an indicator notifying the arrow on the state of the weapon. In the back of the gun, below the casing of the bolt there is a narrow transparent strip, under which are the LEDs. If the automatic safety of the gun is on and shooting is prohibited, the indicator is red. When the iW1 clock approaches for a sufficient distance, the fuse turns off and the indicator turns green. If the clock is near and the store is empty, the shooter sees a blue light. As an advantage of this indicator is called its convenience: to know the state of the weapon, the arrow just one look at the gun from the side or rear. As previously reported, the electronics of the gun uses two AAA batteries placed in the handle.

The iW1 electronic clock is equipped with a sealed case and a large LCD screen. The main purpose of the watch is to control the operation of the automatic safety of the gun. The electronic device is capable of transmitting a signal up to 15 inches (about 37 cm) and exchange information with the gun. Before using the watch and gun, the user must set a unique password used by the system to identify components. The iW1 watch has several additional features. So, their screen displays not only the time and date, but also the status of the gun. If necessary, the shooter can use the function of blocking weapons on a schedule. In this case, the gun fuse cannot be turned off for a specified period of time.

In addition to a pistol and a watch, the iP1 Limited Edition kit also includes an additional locking system for weapons designed for an 9x19 mm cartridge. The cylinder lock can be used with any suitable gun. To control this lock, a separate remote control is used. By the principle of interaction, the remote control and the lock are similar to the iP1 pistol and the iW1 watch. An additional system from the “Limited Edition” is proposed to be used when storing existing pistols of other brands. A pistol, a clock, a lock and a control panel are delivered in a case with a combination lock.

The iP1 smart pistol, like many other daring and interesting projects, has both advantages and disadvantages. The indisputable advantage of this weapon is the "binding" to the owner. During a clash with a criminal, the owner may lose his gun, but the criminal, having seized the weapon, will be deprived of the opportunity to use it. Thus, the owner of the pistol and watch gets an extra chance not to get injured or to get out of the conflict as a winner. Another advantage of the Armatix iP1 is the LED indicator, which clearly demonstrates the state of the weapon. A luminous colored stripe in the back of the gun will allow the shooter not to be distracted by checking the position of the mechanical fuse.

However, an interesting project has several serious drawbacks. The first of them, which can be seen immediately, lies in the price. A iP1 pistol without a watch costs 1399 dollars. For comparison, the cost of various modifications of the famous Glock 17 pistol does not exceed 550-600 dollars. An Austrian pistol can also be taken as an example when considering the fighting qualities of a new weapon. The iP1 pistol energy using the .22LR cartridge, depending on the bullet, does not exceed 140-150 J. At Glock 17, this parameter can reach 450 J. Thus, for almost three times more money (excluding the cost of hours), the user will receive a weapon with ambiguous characteristics.

Another drawback of the Armatix iP1 pistol and iW1 watch is related to the specifics of their use. Most shooters are right handed and have a watch on their left hand. If we take into account the distance at which the components of the new system can interact, it turns out that the shooter will be forced to hold the iP1 pistol with both hands. Otherwise, the distance between the clock and the gun will be too large, which is why the fuse will not turn off. Thus, the shooter will have to either hold the pistol with both hands, which is not always possible in case of a sudden attack, or get used to wearing a watch on the right hand. It should be noted that the American company TriggerSmart, in its similar project, solved the problem of the mutual placement of the pistol and the control element: the control panel, giving the command to turn off the fuse, was designed as a ring.

As you can see, the Armatix iP1 “smart” pistol and the clocks attached to it are of some interest, although they are not without some serious flaws. Due to the existing problems, the original system can be considered not only and not so much a means of self-defense, as the most real electronic gadget, designed for fans of various technical innovations. This perception of the project allows you to close your eyes to the existing shortcomings and not detract from its merits. How interesting for potential buyers will be the new system of "smart" weapons - time and sales will show.

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  1. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 24 February 2014 08: 40
    I would add one more minus to this device - if the watch fails, a person is guaranteed to become unarmed.
    1. Fullback
      Fullback 24 February 2014 11: 13
      Weapons for civilians, but not for the army.
      1. Mister X
        Mister X 24 February 2014 15: 57
        Quote: FullBack
        Weapons for civilians, but not for the army.

        Even for civilians, this is not a weapon, but some kind of Tamagotchi.

        22 caliber? Slaughter vesh!
        Scheduled shooting? Very useful feature.
        If the attack happens on a schedule.

        You will also need to add an incoming email notification function to the watch.
        and new posts on Facebook.
        And the pestle itself will come in handy for protection from the villains that will be put on this mega watch.
  2. Forward
    Forward 24 February 2014 08: 58
    I liked the device. Instead of watches, you can develop an inconspicuous bracelet and, in general, you can implement a lot of different ideas on this platform. I think for the personalization and identification of the owner, the future of small arms
    1. Alexandr_n
      Alexandr_n 24 February 2014 10: 08
      RFID tags can be implanted in a brush or finger. While they are certainly large, and large enthusiasts are doing this, but soon their size will be so reduced that it will not be more painful than an injection.
    2. vkrav
      vkrav 24 February 2014 17: 10
      Yes, there were already ring options ...
      1. the47th
        the47th 25 February 2014 09: 45
        Embed a miniature DNA analyzer in the handle, and remove the fuse from the fuse using a blood sample when grasping, and if the DNA is foreign, the gun will undermine the cartridges in the magazine. And yes, I stole the idea from Judge Dredd.
        1. brainkiller
          brainkiller 25 February 2014 13: 40
          Quote: the47th
          Embed a miniature DNA analyzer in the handle, and remove the fuse from the fuse using a blood sample when grasping, and if the DNA is foreign, the gun will undermine the cartridges in the magazine. And yes, I stole the idea from Judge Dredd.

          Well, to be closer to reality, look at the current cost of DNA analysis for paternity =)))
  3. plohoy
    plohoy 24 February 2014 09: 05
    And then you can also call him))))) IPhone_GUN
    1. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 25 February 2014 00: 41
      Quote: plohoy
      And then you can also call him))))) IPhone_GUN

  4. Kapitan Oleg
    Kapitan Oleg 24 February 2014 09: 40
    They’re attacking you, but the gun’s batteries are dead ... or there’s no clock. Complete nonsense and not weapons.
  5. Aleks998
    Aleks998 24 February 2014 10: 04
    Without bluetooth and wifi, garbage is complete.
    1. Mister X
      Mister X 24 February 2014 16: 07
      Quote: Alex998
      Without bluetooth and wifi, garbage is complete.

      Apparently the wait is not long.
      Knives with unnecessary garbage are already being released.

      1. And Us Rat
        And Us Rat 25 February 2014 00: 44
        Quote: Mister X
        Apparently the wait is not long.
        Knives with unnecessary garbage are already being released.

        1. Kunar
          Kunar 2 March 2014 20: 25
          In a movie I saw)))))) only he still brews coffee
  6. Ruslan
    Ruslan 24 February 2014 10: 18
    as for me a competent undertaking-personification of weapons. maybe the first pancake and lumpy, but going going overpowered. about the weak energy of the bullet, I do not consider this a drawback. for self-defense this is quite enough, but no one is positioning him as a policeman or an army with the need to break through bulletproof vests and car doors for example. batteries are not a problem, and so always have to change them everywhere: remotes, clocks, calculators, etc. and another item with this function will not hurt much. the habit is already there =)))
  7. Alexey Prikazchikov
    Alexey Prikazchikov 24 February 2014 11: 03
    They are on the right track. These civilian weapons are the future. Because of such trunks, you can even allow a short barrel with us. The only idea with the clock is to wash up nonsense.
    1. fennekRUS
      fennekRUS 28 February 2014 10: 21
      The only plus of this system is originality) And to wait for a crack of such protection is a matter of a very short time, as it seems to me. Another momentic-abundance of radio interference in modern cities. Well, for dessert, having thrown off the shutter cover, fix the blocking element with a foreign object. or even tear out the blocking element. Look into the giblets, I would say more precisely.
  8. laurbalaur
    laurbalaur 24 February 2014 11: 10
    I liked everything, that's just a light indication of removing the fuse, it unmasks. You need some kind of vibration signal.
  9. SLOVO
    SLOVO 24 February 2014 11: 14
    and build in the camera and media player)))
    1. sesame
      sesame 24 February 2014 19: 39
      It's a joke, but if there is a photo of the moment when you had to use a weapon, it will be easier to explain in court.
  10. Timeout
    Timeout 24 February 2014 11: 32
    Armatix iP1 pistol and iW1 watch

    Apple will drag the courts for i in the name))). The weapon is quite promising, but a lot of similar access systems have been invented, from various locks to reading systems of papillary patterns from the palm of a shooting hand. And still, nothing took root. Well, the RFID technology itself has many shortcomings, up to jamming the signal for data transmission. So we will see how this trunk will be in demand in the future ..
    1. fennekRUS
      fennekRUS 28 February 2014 10: 23
      By the way, yes ... it is enough to determine the frequency, which probably lies in one of the "civil" ranges, and a powerful jammer the size of a car alarm key fob is ready. Write on e-bay and buy.
  11. Isum
    Isum 24 February 2014 12: 07
    With the clock and really nonsense! A ring or bracelet is a better option. You can also add a GPS radio beacon to record weapons and you can allow the sale on the territory of the Russian Federation.
    1. Alexey Prikazchikov
      Alexey Prikazchikov 24 February 2014 14: 38
      Yes, the usual application for mobiles would have been added by everyone.
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  12. kirpich
    kirpich 24 February 2014 14: 43
    Film "Judge Dredd" with Sylvester Stalonne. True, there he controls the weapon with his voice and no one except him can use his barrel. But it seems not long before that.
  13. laurbalaur
    laurbalaur 24 February 2014 16: 29
    Quote: kirpich
    Film "Judge Dredd" with Sylvester Stalonne. True, there he controls the weapon with his voice and no one except him can use his barrel. But it seems not long before that.

    And Gosha Kutsenko in Antikiller 2!
  14. Clueless
    Clueless 24 February 2014 17: 21
    Well, for cops, a good decision, because sometimes criminals snatch weapons from them.
  15. Saburo
    Saburo 24 February 2014 18: 00
    So close to a pistol with a biometric fuse. In general, a very promising technology. You can also imagine something like a local network that includes weapons of a police unit or the military, equipped with a system for determining the position in space relative to each other, this eliminates friendly fire and allows you to shoot confidently when the enemy is on the same line of fire with an ally, and so on.
  16. Massik
    Massik 24 February 2014 20: 31
    Still, he knew how to shoot from the button on the watch, they come up to you from behind, put a knife to your throat, and you calmly "Give me time to check ..."
  17. Power
    Power 24 February 2014 20: 51
    Here It Is The Bright Future of "Libroedov": There is a chip in your head, and if you are not loyal to the authorities, you can't even open a can of canned food, I'm not talking about withdrawing money from an ATM and shooting a pistol.
  18. Anubis
    Anubis 24 February 2014 21: 41
    The developers forgot about the self-destruction function. A stranger took a pistol without a watch and was left without a brush due to the explosion of this device laughing
  19. uzer 13
    uzer 13 24 February 2014 21: 58
    You also need to attach a breathalyzer to it, then you can freely sell it in Russia. In general, if you have a hammer and a chisel, you can fix some of the flaws of the weapon .. And this makes some sense: a stupid gun and its smart owner are better than a smart gun and stupid master.
    1. Alex 241
      Alex 241 24 February 2014 22: 54
      Texas. 1873 year. The dilapidated saloon. Taper strumming the piano. An elderly cowboy in the corner sips whiskey.

      A cool cowboy bursts into the room, spurs ring, a hefty “Colt” in his hand, and starts firing at the bar like a wound. Shattered bottles and glasses on the bar. All in shards. A cigar was knocked out of his mouth by an elderly cowboy, but he still calmly watches the young one. Young with a cry "Remember everyone - my name is Bob!" made the last well-aimed shot, firing at the wick by the candle.

      An elderly cowboy slowly got up and so in a roll, barely moving his legs, went up to him ... It is clear that every step is given to him with great effort. He took a gun from the hands of a young cowboy and carefully examined it:
      - M-yes ... They drank a fly, son. Your Colt has a fly too big, they drank it better ... Once upon a time, a long time ago, I was the same as you - smart and apt. Just like you, I burst into one saloon, where elderly cowboys were sitting, and shot all the bottles. I had exactly the same Colt 9 caliber with a big fly, son. And I also shot accurately, no worse than you. But when I ran out of ammunition, three cowboys came up to me, stuck my hefty “Colt” in my ass and turned it there several times. Now, son, listen to my advice,
      they’ve slept a fly! They slept a fly, son! ..
  20. Shurale
    Shurale 25 February 2014 08: 14
    But interestingly, it is difficult to remove the watch from the owner, put it on your hand and run on with his gun?
    Didn’t the developers think such a development option?
    I'm not talking about the version used by the character of the movie Big Kush, Russian (of Kazakh origin in my opinion) Boris ...
    1. Obscurantism
      Obscurantism 27 February 2014 14: 47
      Can be more?
  21. intsurfer
    intsurfer 26 February 2014 05: 56
    and I already wrote repeatedly that soon batteries will be more valuable than cartridges! :) And there will be competitions on the rapid replacement of batteries in weapons. As a programmer, I am against all this electronics, which is trying to think for a person.
  22. screw cutter
    screw cutter 27 February 2014 15: 16
    If this is a firearm, and not on batteries, then it must be cleaned periodically. And if it is disassembled, then removing a small obstacle is not worth anything. You only need to buy and disassemble this toy once. This is not an anti-theft from the car. So the device not ice.
    1. Cotosaurus
      Cotosaurus 1 March 2014 08: 22
      This is a trial model. And what will happen in 5 years?
  23. Pavellio
    Pavellio 4 March 2014 17: 45
    I wonder how quickly the protection will break? smile
  24. AV 587
    AV 587 6 March 2014 00: 12
    Dead end model. Well, for straightforward Yankos, maybe it will. And for our space it will not roll: they will tear it off with hands.