MIT dropout developing smart gun only its owner can fire

MIT dropout developing smart gun only its owner can fire

Kai Kloepfer has a box he really wants to open. Inside, he hopes, is a device that will save countless lives. But Kloepfer is keeping it inside the box as he walks through a Boston co-working space, not because it is a secret — because it is a gun. Rather, it is a nonworking early prototype of a gun outfitted with a fingerprint sensor that he hopes will be the first widely accepted smart gun to hit the market. “I have people tell me it’s impossible to build a smart gun. As an engineer, as a scientist that’s ridiculous,” said Kloepfer, founder of Biofire. “Nobody’s ever built a proper smart gun, nobody’s ever actually done engineering and user research. That’s not something that can happen within the firearm industry.” The handgun uses a fingerprint sensor on the grip, and will fire only if an authorized person is holding it, he said. Kloepfer, 21, created the first prototype for a high school science fair six years ago and has been working on the gun on and off since then. Growing up in Colorado, he remembers the Aurora movie theater shooting. “We have this massive gun violence event, which has been talked about the entire country. What if there was something I could do to solve this problem?” he said. Now, Kloepfer is focusing on turning his high school project into a sustainable business. He has raised an initial round of funding from investors in California and was selected for MassChallenge, […]

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