The next generation rifle scope targeting technology will make real life shooting resemble a video game and cause a revolutionary re-tooling of the industry. The size of a rifle scope, the optimal location on the gun, the way users position it for targeting in front of their eye, and its visual sensory field of view capabilities are all ready to leap frog ahead at affordable consumer prices.As a technologist, sports shooter, and hunter I look at how the traditional rifle scope and its user interface has not changed in design to incorporate any of today’s readily available technologies. Most shooters I know look at a scope the same way we looked at a camera in the 80’s. Why should the body style change and why add an LCD display? An LCD is certainly not as sharp as looking directly through quality lenses from vendors like Nikon or Canon. In the sun you can hardly see what you are pointing at on a LCD screen. But today, every camera has one, even the most expensive ones used by professional videographers. In this writer’s opinion, one day soon every rifle scope will also.You may ask, “what consumer technologies do we have today that could enhance a rifle scope”? The first technologies that come to mind in automating are LCD displays, SD card storage, and wireless video transmission. Others include micro circuit board camera IR night vision and starlight night vision. These simply integrate technology with the scope’s visual field. The manipulation of the image data for decision making is also possible. I am sure the military has this today, but why not Bass Pro Shop and Walmart at consumer prices?Technology has added a visual monitor to just about everything over the last 20 years. Who would have thought in the 1980’s that the telephone, camera, and even automobiles would have built in LCD screens for user operation interfaces. Everything from a plumber scope that examine the insides of your pipes to microscopes now come with video capture and LCD display monitors as a standard or optional interfaces. This year Google even released HUD eye glasses which project visual information on the glasses lens for viewing.Digital cameras were a destructive technology for the traditional camera industry. Digital storage revolutionized the film industry, changed the fabricated shapes of cameras, and blurred the difference in a video camera and still camera. The same is close to happening for the old fashion rifle scope. Changes to the way a scope is used for targeting could even change the fabricated shapes of guns. Circuit board cameras can provide high definition video, IR night vision, starlight vision, and thermal imaging. Targeting with a traditional scope has a human error opportunity called parallax which takes skill to overcome. This is a targeting problem caused when the eye is not positioned optimally in the scope’s line of sight. Products like Digital Crosshairs NL scope attachment for day/night shooting eliminates this when attached properly to the scope. With this new device the human eye is no longer required to even be positioned behind the scope’s eye piece for targeting, the crosshairs are displayed on a picatinny rail mounted LCD. A newly announced add-on to this product will enable the shooter to also transmit the scope’s field of view up to 600 meters wirelessly to a remote viewer. This brought a lot of excitement when displayed at the Gastonia North Carolina 2013 Sniper’s Conference in October. A frequent comment from SWAT team members was that this device showed the commanders what the shooter was viewing so the final decision to shoot could be made by the command based on live visual information using wireless video transmission, not a verbal description of what the shooter was viewing. Digital Crosshairs NL makes it easily to enhance an existing scope to include an LCD display and IR night vision.Other new technology enabled rifle scopes include the DigieScope DV-Scope which has a built in 2 inch LCD display for targeting and the Pulsar Digisight N750 that features a OLED Screen for viewing and a built in variable power laser IR illuminator. It has a 4.5x magnification and a push button digital zoom which magnifies what you see by 1.5 times.The scope industry like the camera industry will resist changing and a lot of die-hard shooters will insist that their traditional scope is better. Early resistances to destructive technologies that change a norm usually meet resistance. Would a serious shooter even want a scope that resembled a Gameboy? Would a serious photographer consider a digital camera ten years ago? Everything changes and the rifle scope will also. Low cost electronic components from China like IR circuit board cameras, small LCDs, and new polymer battery technologies will make these inovations cheap to implement and provide a quality competitive with the multi thousand dollar high end scopes technology of today.
Technology has literally taken over the reins of human life at present and it is almost impossible to perceive a life without the assistance of the many gadgets we use today. From a mobile phone to a printer or fax machine, we are dependent on technology on almost every front and rely on these technological feats to get through our day. There is a host of new technologies and gadgets being developed that take the quality of life to a whole new level and lend a supporting hand to our day to day functioning. Here we discuss some such gadgets and the technology behind them and how they make life more convenient.Green Engines- Since the advent of automobiles, toxic and harmful emissions have been the single biggest worry for scientists and environmentalists alike. With modern technology coming to the rescue, experts have now successfully developed green engines that will not only resolve the problem of emissions but also prove to be a respite for the limited reserves of fossil fuels thus making life more convenient and sustainable. These green engines are slowly making their way into the daily lives of people and will soon replace the traditional engines.Meat Incubators- With the world facing a major crisis of food at the moment, meat incubators have come as a boon to solve the food problems of the world. These incubators are widely used today as a means to produce in-vitro meat products that would not require the slaughtering of animals and thus help keep the ecological balance. Meat incubators also enable the ample provision of food products for the growing population and keep a maintained level of sanitation in the process so as to provide quality and healthy food.Guided Missiles- Security has emerged as one of the major concerns of the modern day. With terrorist threats looming over our heads every minute and weapons of mass destruction being amassed at an alarming rate, loss of lives is almost imminent. But this can be avoided using guided missiles that use remote technology to be guided to the destination. These unmanned missiles can be set up to target and have capabilities to destroy enemy bases from a great distance.Bio-computers- Bio-computers are an extension of the genetic and electronic sciences combined. They utilize genetic codes instead of the traditional integrated and electronic circuits to allow the flow of current and generating computing capabilities.These are some of the latest technologies doing rounds at the moment. While some of these may seem too far-fetched to be real, these are all under various stages of development and testing. Once perfected, they will be an immense boon to the future of humanity.
Radio-frequency identification or RFID is a wireless technology used to transfer information between two points, usually a tag and a special reading system. The tags electronically store data, which is transmitted through electromagnetic fields, and will operate a few meters away without needing to make direct contact. The RFID technology has many applications in a number of industries. Tags or labels using this innovative technology are used as tracking systems for products and animals, event and transportation ticketing and in access points. For instance, RFID tags are very useful during production, because manufacturers can follow the progress of different parts on the assembly line, not to mention that personnel working in dangerous conditions as for instance on gas platforms wear this type of tags as a safety precaution. The tags will give information around the clock with regards to their location and ensure they will receive help in emergency situations as soon as possible. RFID inlays, tags and labels can be attached to objects and implanted within animals and people helping you keep track of your possessions and carry vital information. For instance, one can find out the medical record of a person or the address of a lost pet by reading the data stored inside these chips.The applications of the RFID technology are not only numerous, but also revolutionizing. In commerce, this technology can be used as a more efficient payment method with our mobile phones, can help retailers with asset management and improve the inventory system, promote and track products, not to mention that it can also improve the access control. Imagine going shopping and simply leaving the store without taking the products you want out from your cart and without waiting for ages until the checkout line clears in front of you. The Radio-frequency identification technology can change the way we shop completely by eliminating the need of checkouts. A simple RFID label to replace bar codes and everything in the cart will be identified immediately and the total sum taken out from your bank account. Everything you hate about grocery shopping, waiting in line, paying in cash and having to take out everything you buy and place it back again, will disappear with the help of this amazing new technology. RFID tags have already been used in many occasions in the last few years. If you stop and think about it, tracking the products you ordered online, the enhanced public transportation and event ticketing options, the automatic process of taking books out from libraries, the micro controllers used in passports and ID cards and so on, already use this technology. We owe RFID many improvements brought to many domains and the future promises even more extraordinary things.If you wish to find out more about this technology, you can make a quick search on the Internet and information with regards to how RFID tags and readers work will surface immediately. Detailed explanations and the possibility to order and find out the price for such a system can be found on manufacturers’ official websites. There are some major microelectronic technologies developers that are responsible with the manufacturing of power discretes, micro controllers, card chips, RFID tags and inlays, allowing the production of a series of cutting edge devices such as intellectual cards.