You know how in video games auto-aim lines you up with somebody's head even though in real life you're far too weak to hold a gun let alone hit the broad-side of a barn? Well apparently the technology's becoming a reality. BOOM -- HEADSHOT! BOOM -- HEADSHOT! BOOM -- HE-- okay, that one caught my leg.
Last week, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a $6.9 million contract to continue development of the company's One-Shot Program, a research project begun in 2007 that aims to develop an advanced sniper scope that is able to calculate things like crosswinds, GPS location, range to target, temperature and even humidity and almost instantly update the sights to ensure an "automatic" kill.
Spooky stuff, but also very real; Lockeed Martin will have 15 test units ready for delivery to the US military soon, with 100 more to follow if things go well.
Dammit DARPA, first flying hummers and now bullets that can't miss? But we already have bullets that can't miss. They're called bombs, and I drop them on the daily. Well not lately because I'm experimenting with an all-cheese diet, but still.
Thanks to Shenanigans, who doesn't need magic bullets because he's a ninja and will sneak up from behind and slit your throat. You know, I could use somebody like you.