And now for something completely different: A Linux-powered rifle

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CES isn’t all about TVs, cameras, smartphones and computers. There are some examples of other tech floating about in Vegas, like the Linux-powered rifle from TrackingPoint which uses technology to create something the company calls Precision Guided Firearms (PGFs).

TrackingPoint has three rifles, all of which make use of a Linux-powered scope and modifications on the rifles themselves to drastically increase the chances of a shooter making their shot. The modified bolt-action rifles, which start at around $17,000, are intended for the rifle range or hunting but using one seems to be a lot like using an aimbot in a First-Person Shooter.

The scope works with a modified trigger system, using computerised digital tracking which allows the wielder to mark the target which appears on a head-up display that looks like something out of a Terminator film. Once the target has been marked, the trigger can be pressed but the gun will not fire until the rifle is correctly positioned over the marked target. TrackingPoint points out that the gun does not fire on its own, if the user releases the trigger before the shot is aligned the gun will not fire.

TrackingPoint’s scope records the video feed that passes through it and this feed can also be transmitted to a tablet or similar device via an app, allowing for more experience hunters to act as a spotter or even uploads of successful shots to social networks. The only negative aspect for potential cyber-hunters, aside from the price, is that hand-loaded rounds need to be purchased for the system from TrackingPoint at a greater expense than usual. TrackingPoint claims that this will still result in an overall saving since users will miss fewer shots.

Source/Image: Ars Technica

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