Biofire’s 9mm Smart Gun: A Revolutionary Solution to Gun Deaths?
Biofire, a technology company, recently made a 9mm smart gun available for pre-order in the US. The firearm has a fingerprint sensor on the grip and a 3D facial recognition sensor on the back, making it a firearm that only an authorised user can unlock and fire. Biofire founder Kai Kloepfer said his goal in creating the smart gun was to “have an incremental positive impact on sort of the uniquely American challenge of gun deaths”. However, smart guns have yet to become a reality due to technological challenges and political issues. Kloepfer said there have been hundreds of prototypes of his smart gun over the years, including one he developed as a high school student for a science fair in engineering. Biofire has done a lot of work around testing for super hot or cold environments and what happens to the gun if it gets wet or dropped in the mud. In a test conducted for NPR at Biofire's in-house firing range, Kloepfer was the only person authorised to use the gun. The gun remained locked and wouldn't fire when a non-authorized NPR reporter picked it up.
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