LAS VEGAS -- The world's first-ever smart hunting rifle will help users never again miss their targets.
With video streaming technology, an integrated wireless hot spot and even an app, the TrackingPoint rifle was on display at the 2013 International CES conference this week. It's billed as the most accurate long-range shooting system in the world, and its mission is to give both amateur and expert hunters real-time data to shoot with precision.
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The rifle will be available for purchase in the near future, but no date was specified at the conference. The launch is untimely in light of recent gun-related tragedies and it's unclear whether this will affect the product's public reception.
The firearm -- which is priced at $20,000 and comes with an iPad mini -- displays for shooters a video-game-like map of a prey's location, based on imagery transmitted back from the rifle's scope. The software recognizes the animal the hunter is aiming at and paints a target on it. The hunter lines up the virtual cross hairs line up with the target.
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However, if the rifle's aim doesn't match the painted location, shooting capabilities will lock. The software also provides data on wind, temperature and distance to target.
"We want to teach people about ethical shooting," a spokesperson told Mashable. "Some people playing hunting-inspired video games will want to shoot animals in the butt, but that is not the way you hit a target and it also causes suffering for the animal. The app and the rifle won't let you do that."
The accompanying iPad Mini and the TrackingPoint app (iOS) are intended for those who hunt in pairs. For example, one person could hold the tablet and reference the app's data and video streaming feed to help the other calibrate the rifle. When shooting alone, a hunter can use a heads-up display in the scope and see the same geo-location data. When not hunting, the app can still be used as a teaching tool and a game.
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