So often wearable tech is about watches, trackers and sparkly LEDs, but this week I had a surprise in my inbox from American Security Today—wearable tech for guns. As we’ve witnessed in the news, a lot can happen in a few minutes and Safariland, maker of security gear, has created a holster which sends an alert when a firearm is drawn. The signal can cause a command center to send back-up aid or guidance.
“Every second is critical once a law enforcement professional draws their firearm,” said Sean McCarthy, who leads the wearable technologies and VIEVU® body-worn camera business for Safariland.
This product is a partnership with Motorola Solutions with the holster using a Bluetooth sensor. The device can even trigger a body cam to turn on to record the event, allowing the officer to keep his focus on the situation.
This is probably one of the most interesting uses of wearable tech I’ve seen and it sounds like it will add more accountability for the user and hopefully will save some lives. Shootings dealing with adults and crime are certainly an issue, but there are also plenty of children getting their hands on guns accidentally. I would be curious if a sensor could be used to prevent them from engaging with guns that are found carelessly lying around the home. Hey Motorola, want to chat?
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