It turns out you don't need to be a super spy to get your hands on high-tech gadgets. A German company has released the world's first "smart pistol" — a real-life version of James Bond's biometrically encoded pistol.
Featured in the latest 007 film, the Walther PPK is coded to Bond's palm prints to allow him, and only him, to fire the gun.
Similarly, the German-made Armatix iP1 gunrequires the user to wear a radio-controlled wristwatch, which uses microchips to communicate with the firearm via a PIN code. But, as soon as the gun loses contact with the watch—ie. knocked out of the shooter's hand—it will automatically deactivate itself, according to the company's website.
Armatix's Smart System also acts as a sort-of LoJack for the gun, which can be tracked online if lost or stolen. For practice, turn on the optional Target Control setting, and the weapon will function only when pointed at a "permitted" target.
The .22 LR caliber Armatix iP1 pistol comes with a 10-round magazine, various operating modes, and boasts an operating distance of up to 10in.
The accompanying waterproof watch, meanwhile, showcases the watch and weapon's charge levels, offers time-controlled weapon deactivation, and comes with interchangeable straps, as well as enough power to handle 5,000 rounds or a minimum one year of standby. It also tells the local time.
The gun has gone on sale in America, resulting in a new push for stricter gun controls. Senator Ed Markey introduced a bill this week that would require all guns to boast this "personalisation" biometric technology.. The Handgun Trigger Safety Act calls for all handguns manufactured in the US to be "personalised" devices within two years of the bill's passage. Furthermore, existing gun sellers would have to retrofit their devices with this technology within three years of the bill's enactment.