Gun manufacturers such as Smith and Wesson have been wary about introducing the smart gun technology. Whether due to pressure from gun advocacy groups or a lack of demand, none have yet stepped forward with their own product.
Lynch, however, believes that once a start-up introduces a proven technology, the manufacturers will follow suit. "Once we prove consumer interest, that's when they'll want to get involved," Lynch said.
NJIT's Sebastian believes there's an enormous market for smart guns and he sees the technology not just infiltrating private homes, but also law enforcement and the military, members of which are just as passionate about protecting their weapons from the wrong hands. And, once the technology has been proven to work, the only thing remaining will be educating the pubic.
"All of this will depend on how successful we are overcoming fear, uncertainty and doubt," Sebastian said.
A demo of the Armatix iP! smart gun.
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