Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Message From Ernst Mauch, Lead Designer of the Armatix iP1

Ernst Mauch
Armatix offers one firearm — the Intelligent Pistol — in two different versions: the iP1 Basic and the iP1 Personalized. The Basic works like a traditional firearm. Pick it up, pull the trigger and feel the recoil.
The iP1 Personalized can be synced with our Intelligent Watch, which is worn on the wrist. The authorized user inputs a five-digit personal code into the watch that activates the firearm. Without that code, the gun cannot be fired.
The firearm also detects the proximity of the watch, meaning that even if the gun is stolen after the code has been keyed in, it cannot be fired. If the gun and the watch are both stolen, the thief might as well throw them out because the gun won’t fire without the correct five-digit code.
In short, the gun is yours alone. It is personalized.
Because this technology provides a positive and safer experience, I believe the number of gun enthusiasts will rise. Families will be able to protect themselves from criminals while guaranteeing that a child cannot fire the gun. For Armatix, safety is a multi-dimensional concept: We think that guns should make you safer without adding the risk of a terrible family tragedy.
The safety mechanisms that I designed are completely in line with the values underpinning the U.S. gun-rights movement and represent a market-driven approach to firearm safety. It’s about having access to more technology features and the right to choose the firearm that best suits your needs. This is a solution everyone should be able to get behind.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/24/4135418/my-gun-your-choice.html#storylink=cpy


  1. He needs to give a few copies of his fancy to the hacker comunity, my guess is that his precious solution does not last ten days before it is hacked.

  2. The technology hold some promising advances in firearm safety. However, New Jersey has politicized the product with its not well thought out legislation. The inclusion of an exemption for law enforcement and military clearly illustrates that it isn't ready for real world self defense.
    The wisest move would be to repeal the law, which would remove the objections to the development and marketing of the product. Then as it becomes more reliable, market forces would result in its increased use.

  3. Why is he talking about it like it is a self-defense firearm? It's chambered in .22LR. It's for plinking.

    1. I thought we were talking about a technology, not a particular firearm.

  4. Apparently the Armatix isn't smart enough to be a smart gun, at least in Jersey's opinion,

    Lawyers for the Brady Campaign attempted to claim that the Armatix iP1/iW1 gun-watch combination met the definition of a personalized handgun under a 2002 New Jersey law. The retail sale of a a personalized handgun anywhere in the United States would trigger the New Jersey law that would then require all handguns in the state be sold with similar technology if a true personalized handgun made it to market.
    After careful examination of the Armatix design, the Attorney Generals’ office reached the same conclusion that we did long ago: this smart gun technology is anything but smart (PDF):"

    "Accordingly, we are unable to conclude that the iP1 design meets all the elements of New Jersey’s statutory definition of a personalized handgun under
    N.J.S.2C:39-1(dd), and therefore its availability for retail sales purposes will not trigger the operation of N.J.S.2C:58-2.4 (requiring the promulgation of a list of personalized handguns) and N.J.S.2C:58-2.5 (prohibiting the sale of non-personalized handguns). "


    1. Wow. Smart guns have to be really smart in NJ.