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Insanely Bad Consumer Product Ideas — Gun Edition

May 24, 2013

Ooh! Impressive! Know what would be great? How about a high-tech, high-power rifle that allows even a total novice to hit moving targets 500 yards away? What if it even had wi-fi to stream audio & video to an (included!) iPad or to post your “kill shots” to Facebook? Too much to hope for? Think again.

TrackingPoint, a startup tech company in Austin, Tex., has just started selling the most advanced long-distance rifle available on the civilian market. The weapon incorporates laser and computer technology, as well as a three-dimensional color graphics display, to allow even a novice shooter to hit moving targets at 500 yards (five football fields) or farther. Its Wi-Fi transmitter permits the user to stream live video and audio to an iPad and post impressive kill shots on Facebook or YouTube.

“This is a weapon that will get the Call of Duty generation into the real shooting sports,” says TrackingPoint’s chief executive, Jason Schauble.

Talk about things we really, really do. not. need.

It delivers five times the first-shot success rate of traditional systems, at up to 1,200 yards, regardless of skill level,” says Schauble. Until now, hunters, snipers, and other long-distance shooters would have to train for years, if not a lifetime, to master all of the variables.

For the life of me, I can’t imagine anyone other than potential assassins being excited about this product. Gun safety advocates can’t possibly get behind a weapon that turns real-life shooting into a video game. And gun enthusiasts I know tend to be very proud of the time and effort they’ve put in to developing their shooting skills. Also, who would want to watch video of your most impressive shots when the gun does all the work?

With its $22,000 to $27,000 price tag (depending on how “tricked out” you want it to be), we shouldn’t be seeing too many of these on the streets any time soon. But damn.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2013 11:35 am

    Reblogged this on Leaning Left and commented:

    File under: things we don’t need.

  2. May 24, 2013 10:15 am

    As always you are right on target. Think guns are the only problem? Think again. What does the average Joe need with “tactical” scopes? Items that are designed with only one purpose in mind. Gun control needs to address that loophole, too.

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