If you’ve ever felt that Oculus Rift and other virtual reality technologies aren’t realistic enough when it comes to letting you live up your first person shooter fantasies, Tracking Point recently announced a smart rifle which allows you to aim without looking into the scope. The first is using Android powered Goggles while the second video illustrates Google Glass being used to aim the rifle.
For those who are curious, below are official demo videos from Tracking Point illustrating the technology:
While this technology might be a bit shocking, we’ve previously profiled Tracking Point back in 2013 when they announced an auto-aiming sniper rifle which turned real life shooting into a video game by allowing users to select a target on a connected iPad and then score the shot at their leisure.
The rifle by TrackingPoint will set you back a cool $10,000 USD, however that price will likely drop as time goes on. Despite being highly controversial, you can find the TrackingPoint ShotView app on Google Playy and Apple app stores.
TrackingPoint is marketing their technology as a way to improve communication between spotters and shooters when hunting, along with providing a safer way for soldiers to fight battles by being able to fire around corners without having to peek around – but still, the fact that this technology is making it possible for shooters to turn a real life tragedy into a first person shooter is a bit chilling.
Regardless, as mentioned in our previous articles on wearable technology, one of the biggest reasons Google Glass has been failing is because the applications for it have little context to reality. As chilling as TrackingPoint’s offering is, it admittedly turns Google Glass into an effective double edged sword which can be used to improve warfare, or enable mass shooters to live a real life version of Counter Strike or whatever shooter they enjoy playing.
Do you think Tracking Point is serving a legitimate purpose by bringing these weapons to market? Leave your thoughts below!