USA –-(Ammoland.com)- As reported by The Firearm Blog, precision-guided rifle maker Tracking Point has posted an interesting picture of Google Glass, implying that it will somehow be integrated into a Tracking Point system.
If you're not familiar with Tracking Point, check out this article, as well as the video below.
The Tumblr caption notes “TrackingPoint Labs: Google Glass HUD.” A “HUD” is a “Heads Up Display” that contains useful information such as a reticle, temperature, wind speed, and other data.
TrackingPoint has been a controversial company, with some critics noting how it would take the challenge out of hunting, and thereby raising some ethical issues. Other critics fear that the rifle could take an untrained person, and empower them to kill people at long ranges.
Supporters see a technology that will help protect soldiers whose lives could be saved by placing more accurate shots out in the battlefield.
Having worked at Google, I find it interesting that guns are mostly still “dumb” inert pieces of metal that really haven't been affected by technology. However, we have been seeing more smartphone apps over the past few years, and TrackingPoint is definitely leading the field in provocative, paradigm-shifting products.
Disruptive technology such as Uber, Square, and the iPhone have had both its supporters and critics, and just like all tech products we'll see if TrackingPoint survives or not.
What are your thoughts about the TrackingPoint? Good idea? Scary idea? Boring idea? Please feel free to share in the comments below.
About Chris Cheng:
After winning History Channel’s Top Shot competition, Chris Cheng left a cushy job at Google to go have some fun as a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops. Chris shoots in USPSA, IDPA, and 3-gun competitions across the country, and visit Bass Pro stores for appearances and weapons demos. He is a Staff Writer at The Firearm Blog and now on his own blog, ‘Top Shot Chris’, where I share my experiences in this new career path.www.topshotchris.com