Kai Kloepfer, an 18-year-old inventor from Boulder, Colorado, has developed a biometric sensor designed to prevent unauthorized people from firing guns. His sensor, when installed on a plastic model of a Beretta Px4, uses stored fingerprints to tell which authorized user is holding a gun and to prevent unauthorized users from firing it. In tests, the sensor worked 99.99 percent of the time. When the gun is picked up, it automatically scans the user's fingerprint, and if it doesn't match, the trigger locks. Klopfer said: "I've been interested in technology for as long as I can remember. After the mass shooting in the movie theater in Aurora in 2012, I started thinking about the role technology could play in preventing accidents and death related to firearms. The idea actually came to me in a dream and I have been working since then to make it a reality." Continue reading for three videos and more information.
Survco's Credit Card Ax may easily fit into your wallet, but it's definitely no slouch. At $29.99, it packs 21-functions, and can be used for everything from spearing / skinning a fish to cutting the wood used to cook it and more. The tools include: a tomahawk, ax, knife, scraper, skinner, shovel, arrow, spear, spear-thrower, saw, seatbelt cutter, bottle opener, water valve wrench, gas valve wrench, nail puller, 1/4" socket, 3/8" socket, 7/16" wrench and flat head screw driver. Product page. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Here's another look at the Taurus Curve, the world's first and only curved handgun, engineered to fit the unique contours of your body with no visible printing. At just 10.2-ounces, it's also the first handgun to feature an LED light and laser right into the frame. There's also a built-in, holster-free belt clip, 6 + 1 capacity, and a snag-free design. Continue reading for an in-depth video and more information.
For non military and weapons specialists, an RPG-7 basically refers to a portable, unguided, shoulder-launched, anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher. The ruggedness, simplicity, low cost, and effectiveness of the RPG-7 has made it the most widely used anti-armor weapon in the world. Currently around 40 countries use the weapon, and it is manufactured in several variants by nine countries. It is popular with irregular and guerrilla forces. Continue reading for the full-length video.
You haven't seen a rubber band gun, until you've seen this one, designed by design student Alexander Shpetniy from Ukraine. Available in three different models, these wooden weapons can fire approximately 672 rubber bands in a mere 48-seconds. Sporting 16 separate barrels, the Rubber Band Machine Gun has a Gatling gun-style firing mechanism that rapidly spins between chambers, shooting bands at a rate of 14-shots-per-second, with a range of over 26-feet. You can reload by stretching multiple rubber bands at once around each individual barrel. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including what The Avengers: Age of Ultron would have been like in 1985.
Custom weapons maker Joerg Sprave may be known for his slingshots, but this latest creation is definitely no slouch. It's essentially a wooden, chainsaw-powered machine gun that can destroy targets using nothing but marbles. We're not quite sure how effective it'd be during a zombie apocalypse, but destroying old plastic water bottles and / or aluminum cans might be its calling. Continue reading for a video of it in-action.
Here's a first look at XM42, "the world's first commercially available handheld flamethrower." Chris Byars, CEO of Ion Productions, the company making the XM42, said: "It is legal where there are no laws or codes written against such a device. Surplus military flamethrowers have been available for many years." Continue reading for a video and more information.
United Cutlery's M48 Kommando Tactical Survival Shovel isn't your average gardening tool, as it's designed to help ward off potential assailants while also being able to easily dig a ditch. The stealthy-looking handle is made from a nearly indestructible injection molded nylon, complete with fiberglass and nylon reinforcement for added strength. It also has a tempered 2Cr13 stainless steel shovel head that's been sharpened, with a partially serrated edge on one side and a concave chopping edge on the other. Get it here now for under $50 shipped. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hibernating tortoise unboxing.
Lockheed Martin's new 30-kilowatt fiber laser called Athena managed to burn through a truck manifold in seconds, despite being fired by a team from Lockheed Martin positioned more than a mile away. The system uses a technique known as spectral beam combining to blend multiple laser modules to create a single, powerful, high-quality beam. This is done for greater 'efficiency and lethality' than the multiple individual 10-kilowatt lasers used in other systems. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
A silencer is basically a device attached to or part of the barrel of a firearm or air gun which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. They're typically constructed of a metal cylinder with internal mechanisms to reduce the sound of firing by slowing the escaping propellant gas and sometimes by reducing the velocity of the bullet. This is what it looks like when sliced in half. Continue reading for a video comparison (with and without silencer) and additional information.