Self-aiming rifle outshoots human sniper
One more step for our robot overloads: TrackingPoint's new gun technology will create a "Super Gun."
According to the source, Popular Science, regular people can outshine the pros with this baby:
The farthest confirmed deadly sniper shot traveled about 8,000 feet. TrackingPoint claims its new precision-guided rifle would allow amateurs to hit targets from 3,000 yards away, based on improvements in the Xact aiming software its guns currently use.
TrackingPoint rifles compensate for human error by letting a shooter tag the target they see in their scope. The scope itself isn't a magnified lens like traditional scopes; it's a camera display screen full of information for the shooter. Once the target is tagged, the gun doesn't fire until special cross-hairs match up to the tag marker. Computers in the rifle set the cross-hairs to make sure the bullet goes where it's supposed to.
The new "Super Gun" system promises all that, at a range longer than any human has ever hit a target. The last TrackingPoint rifle went on sale for $22,000, but don't worry: this new rifle won't be commercially available. Instead, the company says it will incorporate lessons learned into future precision-guided rifles.
The company's techno promo video gets us all hot. And we may need to supplement our juice today to stay up tonight and party like its 2003.