TrackingPoint Brings Auto Aim To The Real World With Linux Powered Rifles

[CES 2013] As a teenager, I played a lot of PC games. But one thing I couldn’t stand anymore was the amount of cheating that went on in popular first-person shooters like Counter-Strike. Players would be able to see through walls to know where exactly enemies were located at all times and even be able to kill enemies with an automatic headshot using an “auto-aim” cheat. But what if something like the auto-aim was possible in real life? That’s exactly what an Austin-based startup is trying to do with its precision-guided firearms.

Each of the three customized hunting rifles are equipped with advanced computerized scopes powered by Linux. What the hunter sees through the scope is a video image taken from the scope’s objective lens, instead of being a direct visual scope. You can tag your target, which the scope will take into account a number of variables. The marked target is then kept in the scope’s field of view, and when the hunter pulls the trigger, the hunter will need to match the position of the reticle with the marked target, which will then fire the rifle.

TrackingPoint’s rifles start at around $17,000, which is pretty high in the gun-buying world, but when you consider you can perform a real-life auto-aim with it, then that is something you’ll want to show off with your other hunter buddies.

This article was filed in Homepage > General > Military and was tagged with CES, CES 2013 and linux. The story was spotted on arstechnica
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