Skip to comments.A Video Gun Sight That Keeps Soldiers Out of Danger
Posted on 05/27/2010 10:09:37 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The Rolling Green hills of Sonora, California, no longer lure prospectors with the promise of gold, but for Matthew Hagerty the draw is just as powerful: Theyre a secluded hideaway ideal for perfecting his military invention, called SmartSight. Ten years in the making, SmartSight is a gun-cam system that allows a soldier to see around corners and shoot targets without putting himself in the line of fire.
It consists of a wireless video camera mounted to the rail of an M4 or .308 SOCOM carbine, a small computer worn on a military vest, and a thumbnail-size color head-up display affixed to a pair of protective glasses. In effect, SmartSight turns the muzzle of an assault rifle into a third eyea soldier can crouch behind a blockade, stick his weapon over his head, and shoot his target with the same accuracy as if he were taking aim normally. No other weapons sight can do that, Hagerty says. What you see is what you get. While working as a weapons tester for defense contractor Hughes Aircraft in the 1990s, Hagerty sought the advice of many soldiers and learned exactly what they did and didnt want in a weapon. When the company began developing a video rifle sight for an Army program called Land Warrior, he knew right away that it was too heavy, that the wire running from the camera to the soldier would limit mobility, and that the video feed lagged. Hughes was set on the design, though, so when Hagerty later left the company, he decided to develop his own system, perfectly tailored to the soldier.
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This 21st century not the 19th century.
Howabout a remotely controlled robot with a machine gun.
That is next.
People are a lot cheaper...
His solution is much more elegant than the rotating mirrors in the original (not the B model above) TWS.
Just more garbage to carry.