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TrackingPoint may turn any yutz into a sniper

By 12.03.12

Currently, the only way most of us know how it feels to be a professional sniper is to play a video game. So, needless to say, there is a company turning sniping into something just like, uh, playing a video game.

The TrackingPoint technology, called Intelligent Digital Tracking Scopes, will sound familiar to gamers. First, you look down a scope and “tag” your target with where you want the bullet to hit. Then, the scope does the complex math necessary to land the shot.

This is more impressive than you might think. Snipers have to calculate for gravity, parallax, wind speed, and other factors, and they have to do it precisely to land the shot. Currently it involves a lot of math while in the field, something the military is understandably eager to reduce.

Once you’ve got the dot and the math figured out, the display lights up the crosshairs when you can actually hit your target. Until it’s lit up, though, you can’t pull the trigger. So it helps you save ammo as well!

No word on when this might be available to the military, but it’s a friendly reminder not to mess with people who have large military budgets.

TrackingPoint [Official Site]

About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.
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