A $17,000 Linux-Powered, Auto-Aiming Hunting Rifle

January 11, 2013


This is a .338 Lapua Magnum rifle outfitted with a Linux-powered TrackingPoint XS1 system, an advanced computerized scope that takes all the guesswork out of shooting animals in the woods. Sport, LOL. Why not just send an unmanned drone to go kill all the deer for you?

The image displayed on the scope isn't a direct visual, but rather a video image taken through the scope's objective lens. The Linux-powered scope produces a display that looks something like the heads-up display you'd see sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet, showing the weapon's compass orientation, cant, and incline. To shoot at something, you first "mark" it using a button near the trigger. Marking a target illuminates it with the tracking scope's built-in laser, and the target gains a pip in the scope's display. When a target is marked, the tracking scope takes into account the range of the target, the ambient temperature and humidity, the age of the barrel, and a whole boatload of other parameters. It quickly reorients the display so the crosshairs in the center accurately show where the round will go.

That's pretty crazy. I remember back in the day when you had to tear off a couple blades of grass and give them a toss to judge wind direction. Now? Now the gun does all the work for you. Did I mention the system also has an iPad app so you can have a friend act as spotter? A friend, standing in the woods, with an iPad. Now just stop for a second and think about you're doing. Then admit failure as an outdoorsman and go to the bar to play Big Buck Hunter.

Hit the jump for several more shots, including a closeup of the display.




Thanks to bjorntobywylde, who heard David's takedown of Goliath was actually an inside job and there was another shooter. THE PLOT THICKENS.

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