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Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the pull-up-your-kill-list dept.

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An anonymous Coward writes "Knights Armament Corp. who supply sniper rifles to the US military have developed a iPod Touch mounting system and software for the US Army M110 sniper rifle system. The use of off the shelf hardware no doubt cut costs and allowed rapid development of this system." If it automatically played a theme song after every head shot, this would be the coolest rifle accessory ever.

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Scotty and the Jackass (0, Offtopic)

Reikk (534266) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535411)

Scotty was a guy just out of his teens. He never really was sexually
satisfied. The reason for this was Scotty was a very picky young man. If he
didn't like the way a girl straddled than he just didn't want her. Scotty was
always looking for something new to tingle his dingle. He finally realized
that animal sex was the answer to his problems. So, Scotty frolicked about the
animal kingdom, in search of a species strong enough to appease his sexual
appetite. He injected many animals with his long, flaming rod (of course
excluding the insect world). He eventually became bored with the animals he
sexed; he wanted an animal with real horsepower - a jackass, a mule, a
donkey... whatever.

                So, Scotty quested for his dream partner until finally, there it was,
standing tough and strong in a stable on someone's farm (whom he didn't know,
by the way). Scotty looked upon the jackass and thought to himself, "This is
gonna be good...I can feel it." The animal stood silently, not knowing of
Scotty's existence. Scotty said to the jackass, "Now you be good and you'll
get a nice lil' treat..." Little did Scotty know, he was in for a little treat
himself. So Scotty went on to his sexual calling.

                Scotty stood behind the mule, inspecting the anus which would soon be
his. It looked tight enough to handle his masculinity. Scotty was indeed
horny over this particular animal. He depantsed himself quickly and with an
excruciating thrust, the jackass was his. Scotty pushed, thrusted, jammed, and
rammed his manhood into his zoological partner. Scotty groaned and howled...
he was enjoying it too much. But unfortunately, I can't say the same for the
jackass. He tried to pull away but just could not escape from the power of
Scotty's arms. So with a quick HEE-HAW, the donkey leaned a bit forward,
raised his feet and booted the living hell out of Scotty. The two hooves made
a permanent impression in poor Scotty's chest. Scotty lay on the ground,
bleeding and panting (short of breath, y'know? Wouldn't you be if a jackass
you were fucking kicked the shit outta your chest?). Sad enough for him, the
animal wasn't finished. Scotty, with an attempt to sit up, was immediately
thrashed once again by the jackass's hooves, this time across the face. Blood
and phlegm poured from Scotty's nose and throat (he was a bit congested that
day). A nail protruding from the jackass's shoes also caught hold of sad
Scotty's eye, ripping it clean out of his skull. Veins and arteries dangled
from Scotty's eye sockets while he lay placidly on the floor of the stable.
The jackass watched Scotty for any movement which could possibly hint at a sign
of life. After a time, Scotty turned his head with a groan (bad move on his
part, eh?). At that moment, the jackass charged in life-threatening fury. He
gave one last kick to Scotty's body... straight to the groin. The hoof pene-
trated Scotty's scrotum, crushing his testicles. Blood and urine gushed from
Scotty's bladder. His penis, now severed, rested peacefully in a soft bed of
hay, barely recognizable as a bloody limp stump. Scotty found his death bed,
although it wasn't what he was hoping for. The body sat motionless and quite
dead in a pool of blood, urine, phlegm, sperm, and hay. The jackass looked on
with amazement and immediately ran to the adjacent stable.

          Yes, there is a moral to this story.... Whether you like it or not...

                                                DON'T EVER SCREW WITH A JACKASS.

You got it wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535805)

I saw the video of your story here [metacafe.com] , but it's not like you told it. This Scotty guy seems to be about forty, not "just out of his teens". And it wasn't about him trying to fuck the donkey either, but the other way round.

More gear! (3, Funny)

barneco (1353761) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535415)

Forget my aimpoint and NV gear...hook me up with the FLIR-enabled Ipod!

Theme song (1)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535425)

This should be played after every bullet is fired.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d8C4AIFgUg&feature=related [youtube.com]

Oblig (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535459)

MMMONSTER KILL

haha!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535475)

they chose a closed piece of Apple hardware... I can hear slashheads exploding.

Re:haha!!! (1)

emag (4640) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535675)

No, you won't. Apple always gets a free pass, because they're "hip".

Re:haha!!! (4, Funny)

dreemernj (859414) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535899)

And now you can shoot from the "hip"

very useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535483)

now i can easily check my kill:death ratio!

err wait...

On your Marks.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535497)

This makes it so much easier to find the Dinty Moore Beef Stew.

And with new iLife 09 (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535527)

Photo face recognition can help you identify who you just shot!

Killer App (2, Funny)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535539)

So this really is a killer app...

Re:Killer App (1)

Jonah Bomber (535788) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535861)

Oh, geez...

Re:Killer App (3, Funny)

audunr (906697) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535987)

Yes, and it comes bundled with the iPod Touch of Death.

Re:Killer App (1)

rastilin (752802) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536319)

So this really is a killer app...

That is pretty twisted. Although it IS said that humor is the best defense mechanism to suffering.

Still if I were giving sound effects to a rifle. I'd probably pick the sound effects from Portal. You know, "Are you still there?" and "I see you." in a high pitched kid's voice.

Re:Killer App (5, Funny)

mnky-33 (1293220) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536413)

Good job, you appear to have identified the pun in the article.

The Source from Knights Armaments (4, Funny)

nweaver (113078) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535555)

The Knights Armaments [knightarmco.com] page on both the software and the mounting system.

Really allows you to reach out and touch someone with your iphone.

Re:The Source from Knights Armaments (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536469)

No, no, no. Don't use the iphone, only the ipod touch! If you use the iphone, the ZOG/NWO/UN killdrone occupation forces will be able to track you through AT&T's cell network. Only the touch is Patriot-Safe(tm).

Out of line (5, Insightful)

ktappe (747125) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535581)

If it automatically played a theme song after every head shot, this would be the coolest rifle accessory ever.

Am I the only one who found this attempt at humor disturbing and objectionable?

(And yes, I know my comment will get me modded down, but I strongly doubt I'm alone in thinking a real life killing is quite different from killing in an FPS.)

Re:Out of line (4, Funny)

Lightwarrior (73124) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535707)

Yeah, I also found it tasteless. Center-of-mass hits are much more reliable than head shots.

Re:Out of line (1)

courtjester801 (1415457) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535815)

But it kinda takes out the potential for a "Ding! Fries are done" mp3 playback.

Re:Out of line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536391)

It's only objectionable if the kill is someone you know.

Lighten up, Francis. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535775)

Stop looking for things to be offended by.

Re:Out of line (3, Insightful)

red_blue_yellow (1353825) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535791)

I also found it disturbing. The death of a human should not be treated so ... disgustingly. Somebody needs to do something about Samzenpus and the garbage he puts out.

Re:Out of line (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535901)

Somebody needs to do something about Samzenpus and the garbage he puts out.

Definitely. Someone should shoot him with an iPod-enabled sniper rifle.

Re:Out of line (5, Insightful)

halivar (535827) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536013)

I'm firmly convinced that 90% of all offenses taken spring from a deep-seated human desire for martyrdom and it's accompanying ego-expansion. Somehow, in the state of having been offended, we believe we can attain the deeply satisfying, self-aggrandizing self-righteousness of an unjustly oppressed person.

IOW, you're just looking for stuff to piss you off because you like it. Suck it up, princess.

Re:Out of line (1)

canuck08 (1421409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536523)

May I ask, Halivar, if there is anything at all that you would consider offensive?
Is there anything someone could say or do that would cause you to stand up and say: "Hey, that's not right. What you just said is disgusting."

yeah (5, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535859)

My eastern-european friends didn't like being sent cryptically named .wav files containing the Starcraft audio "WE REQUIRE MORE VESPENE GAS", either.

Re:Out of line (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535915)

yea yea go back to church you pussy.

Re:Out of line (1)

RoFLKOPTr (1294290) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535929)

Am I the only one who found this attempt at humor disturbing and objectionable?

Yes.

Re:Out of line (1)

Gravaton (413066) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536003)

I don't know if I'd go so far as to say "disturbing and objectionable" but definitely the kind of joke-in-poor-taste that results in an awkward half-chuckle and then a silent room.

Re:Out of line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536035)

Yes. If you're gonna kill someone anyway (presumably justified by some sovereign nation) you might as well have an auditory confirmation. The loss of life is the only thing that matters, whether you celebrate with high fives, a grunt, or a small ditty of your own selection is a personal choice and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Gallows humor is a proud military tradition and can alleviate the hardships of such a stressful occupation.

Re:Out of line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536075)

(And yes, I know my comment will get me modded down, but I strongly doubt I'm alone in thinking a real life killing is quite different from killing in an FPS.)

Not anymore! With the brand new iSnipe you'll get to use your crazy aiming skills in real life!

Re:Out of line (1)

BK425 (461939) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536087)

Yes, easily as disturbing as a title that assumes only a sniper would be interested in ballistics.

Re:Out of line (2, Insightful)

arcmay (253138) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536123)

Absolutely agree. The pun in the headline is a bad enough, but that "joke" is the most juvenile and disgusting editorial addition to a submission I've seen on Slashdot.

Re:Out of line (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536143)

yes, promotion of violence sends my vagina all a-twitter.

and yes, I just called you a woman as an insult. anyone offended will hear my balls playing the worlds smallest violin.

Re:Out of line (0, Troll)

canuck08 (1421409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536151)

It is disgusting.
That is not a game controller people.

Stop and think about what you're saying.

Samzenpus, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Re:Out of line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536173)

Yes you are! That was some funny shit!

In this day and age we have to deal with those determined to injure or kill our troops abroad. It doesn't matter which side you are on in regards to whether they should or shouldn't be there. Personally I feel they never should have but now that they are there all that should matter is that the come out of it unscathed. To this end the Sniper is one of the very best stand off and deterrents to those that would do our troops harm. I think there should be many, many, more in the theater than presently are. The US has "F"ed up rules of engagement that routinely put our troops in grave danger and serve only to embolden and protect the enemy. Throw a sniper or two at a problem, split a few heads and watch the change. Indirect engagement is by far preferable. Good job to those that developed this tool to make the sniper more accurate.

MIke O'Connor

Re:Out of line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536191)

I was thinking more along the lines of the quake announcer myself.

HEADSHOT! HEADSHOT! DOUBLEKILL! RAMPAGE!

Re:Out of line (1, Redundant)

retech (1228598) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536199)

I read it and felt the same. While I do find dark and oft times off colour humour funny, this type of thing just makes me sad. We live in a world that not only makes killing easy, it makes killing others a fun and a game.

No. I found it objectionable. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536291)

"Am I the only one who found this attempt at humor disturbing and objectionable? "

I also found this attempt disturbing; if you try to be funny, you need to kill with the joke, or it's pointless. The guy who called it a killer app? Funny stuff, and that's the level of quality that we expect, especially those of us who pay to access /.

Re:Out of line (0, Redundant)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536445)

Yes, and I think the most objectionable thing about it is that it wasn't funny. Think about it.

Re:Out of line (1)

Mr. Foogle (253554) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536465)

Am I the only one who found this attempt at humor disturbing and objectionable?

Naw. Now if, as you were into your BRASS cycle, a paperclip popped up on the screen .. that would be objectionable.

Re:Out of line (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536483)

Want your comment modded up? Fill it with self pity.

Re:Out of line (5, Funny)

revery (456516) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536519)

If it automatically played a theme song after every head shot, this would be the coolest rifle accessory ever.

Am I the only one who found this attempt at humor disturbing and objectionable?

Not only objectionable, but completely impractical. What kind of sniper would want to draw attention to his location by playing a theme song?

oh c'mon (-1, Troll)

sofar (317980) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535583)

geek rednecks go away and shoot yourself, please.

must be a slow news day? wtf?

Keeps track of points (4, Funny)

the4thdimension (1151939) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535587)

The military was the last bastion of "pen and paper" score tracking. Thanks to Apple's great products and a little ingenuity, the DoD finally has a tool to automatically keep track of scores. All we need now is a database for it to upload to automatically via wireless, and we can have a global real-time kill count and score!

Re:Keeps track of points (4, Funny)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536101)

...the DoD finally has a tool to automatically keep track of scores.

I believe the correct term is frags.

Re:Keeps track of points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536217)

If there're enough frags to require scorekeeping, you're military is in *serious* trouble.

Look up "frag" to see what it really means as a verb.

Does it detect angle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535595)

If it does it can do a lot of the math for the shooter.
However even if it does detect the angle to a decent tolerance, I doubt this will replace the battery-less Angle Cosine Indicator http://www.snipertools.com/store/show/ACIMIL-A2

But can you flaunt it in public . . . ? (0, Flamebait)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535601)

Isn't that part of the Apple iWhatever Schtick? Showing it off in public? Instead of a "I am rich" application, a "I can waste you at 1000 yards" application?

I'm not sure how the general public would react to your iPod Touch US Army M110 sniper rifle system, while you stand in line with it at your local Starbucks.

21st Century Williiam Tell courtesy of Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535647)

Coincidence?

It's about time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535695)

Finally, a good use for Geotagging!

Slashdotted (1)

amclay (1356377) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535715)

It seems as if the site has been taken by the Slashdot effect...

Re:Slashdotted (3, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535773)

No, I think that was just ESR making sure he gets his order in...

Yay DRM (5, Funny)

emag (4640) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535741)

Now in the middle of a "situation", snipers will get a "you have already authorized this iPod on 5 sniper rifles" error...

Re:Yay DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535797)

Really? I was envisioning a rickroll.

Re:Yay DRM (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536243)

At least it's not running Windows Mobile.

"It looks like you're trying to fire a round, would you like to...
*Get help with "firing?"
*Change crosswind and distance settings?
*Read information about upgrading to Microsoft US Army M110 Sniper Rifle System Ultimate?
*Fire now?"

"Selecting "Fire now" requires Microsoft US Army M110 Sniper Rifle System Genuine Advantage verification. Please connect to the internet to complete this step before continuing."

Re:Yay DRM (2, Funny)

Lendrick (314723) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536387)

In response to this innovation by Apple, Microsoft will release the Zune Sniper Edition Basic and Zune Sniper Edition Ultimate. Both of these will come equipped with their exclusive ShootsForSure technology, which will prevent you from borrowing ammunition from other snipers.

Which one is the accessory? (1)

jep77 (1357465) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535793)

Is the iPod an accessory for the rifle or is it the other way around?

Wish I could read TFA... short of being able to see what the point is this is just stupid.

Assassination FAIL!!! (1)

PortHaven (242123) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535803)

Your iPhone was rebooting!

I can see it now, "Special Flops"... *lol*

Ballistics calculator on a rifle (4, Informative)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535813)

This should help not just snipers but hunters and perhaps some day main force ground troops. At the listed link, the article's author states that the application software is available at the iTunes store. Contrary to some stories on the 'net, it is a general rifle ballistics application that allows someone to enter a different rifle and ammunition profile. So it's good for less specialized rifles, and not just the M110.

The article didn't mention the availability of the mounting hardware. It attaches an iPod Touch mounted in an Otterbox protective case to a side-mounted picatinny rail. That seems much more handy in combat situations than digging an iPod out of one's pocket. This is what makes it not just another ballistics app for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Mounting it on the rifle could be a big deal in certain situations, and lots of rifles can be fitted with picatinny rails on the side.

Re:Ballistics calculator on a rifle (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536071)

Well, if it really is any good, you might be able to read about a review about it in the near future here: http://www.snipercentral.com/ [snipercentral.com]

On first glance at the title.. (4, Insightful)

LordByronStyrofoam (587954) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535843)

.. I thought it would be an article about sniping eBay bids at the last second from my iPod.

Re:On first glance at the title.. (1)

StreetStealth (980200) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536329)

And I thought it was about sniping contact info from celebrities via BlueTooth.

Apple Military Equipment? (5, Funny)

jason.sweet (1272826) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535845)

So much for "Don't ask, don't tell."

A light source on a sniper rifle? (3, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535903)

Seems like it would be a problem w/r/t revealing the sniper's position.

-jcr

Re:A light source on a sniper rifle? (2, Insightful)

faloi (738831) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536161)

I doubt it'd be used much in the field, at least not without some heavy modification to the iPod. I can't imagine it's resilient enough to meat mil-spec standards off-the-shelf. Once it's out there, I'd bet the spotter uses it more to get rapid numbers to feed to the shooter than the shooter uses it. The spotter can keep it mostly concealed and hide the light.

Re:A light source on a sniper rifle? (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536367)

Not to mention that it would probably need to be quite rugged to withstand recoil.

awesome, where can I buy one? (1)

unix_geek_512 (810627) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535909)

This is awesome :)

Where can I buy one?

Re:awesome, where can I buy one? (1)

xenolion (1371363) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536019)

im with you.

I hope this is just a proof of concept device... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26535919)

if this is necessary I would think that the military already has a computing system that performs this function. If not, there are many reasons an iPod would not be the choice of device to use. It bleeds EM all over the place, doesn't use secure radio techniques. it isn't field durable. I really don't see the point other than to just prove a concept, which in reality may be all it needs to do.

now last.fm (1)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535927)

will have an online list of who is being targetted in real time.

anyone who has ever taken a human life (0, Troll)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535937)

doesn't crack jokes about it. unless they are a cretin or a sociopath, or have never actually taken a human life

so if you found the headline funny, please self identify as moron or psychopath or ignorant, and go about the rest of your day, content in the fact that you know a little bit more about your personal failings

Re:anyone who has ever taken a human life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536043)

well I guess that makes me a moron. no wait ignorant. no wait, moron! DAMNIT!

Re:anyone who has ever taken a human life (3, Insightful)

agrounds (227704) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536417)

I'd consider them blessed that they don't know how it feels afterward, or have the sleepless nights that come with it, or the hot ball of sour sickness that tightens in your gut every time you come under fire.

They may be ignorant, but it is not a failing, just the naivete of youth and living a privileged existence even if it is in very bad taste. In a better world, no one would have to know what it is like.

Re:anyone who has ever taken a human life (4, Insightful)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536425)

There are some exceedingly grim jobs in the military.

Some folks never talk about it.
Some folks talk about it.
Some folks become very detached about what they do.
Some folks develop a grim/dark sense of humor.

Don't call someone a cretin or a sociopath because of their coping mechanism. It doesn't mean they enjoy it.

Re:anyone who has ever taken a human life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536463)

doesn't crack jokes about it. unless they are a cretin or a sociopath, or have never actually taken a human life

so if you found the headline funny, please self identify as moron or psychopath or ignorant, and go about the rest of your day, content in the fact that you know a little bit more about your personal failings

Psychopath checking in!

Illumination? (4, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535959)

Because what every sniper needs is to have his face lit up when he's trying to remain hidden.

Re:Illumination? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536327)

Because what every sniper needs is to have his face lit up when he's trying to remain hidden.
 
That and a backlit screen illuminating their face when they do so.

Rockbox (1)

rlp (11898) | more than 5 years ago | (#26535963)

You can install Rockbox on the Ipod but then you need the gun mounting for the BFG-9000.

Yeah, this is going to be cheap. (3, Funny)

dreemernj (859414) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536007)

But they are charging an arm and a leg for the wifi seeking missiles they are selling to our enemies.

Don't run (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536021)

Don't run from the Spice Girls mix, you'll only die tired!

Oh no.... (1)

Ollabelle (980205) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536051)

This just in: the Dept of Defense has categorized the iPod Touch as munitions and therefore cannot be exported without a DoD license.

What? (1, Flamebait)

no-body (127863) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536083)

Are you playing too many video games mixing up reality with fiction?

What kind of reality do you have stored in your brain - playing music as result of destroying another human - howsoever you are trying to justify it?

Yes - this is a flame!

I can't believe this kind of crap is going on on /. - maybe it's time to move on or start filtering...
Yucc!

Re:What? (1)

gujo-odori (473191) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536237)

Are you playing too many video games that require you to check your sense of humor at the door?

Why? (0)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536089)

Why would you want to mount an ipod onto a rifle? I would think this is would be a distraction to the soldier rather than a help. Instead of keeping an eye out for a target, they'll be watching the screen.

M-M-M-MONSTER KILL! (2, Funny)

Hottie Parms (1364385) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536179)

This is just the beginning. Next thing we know, we'll be seeing WMDs with Apple logos on them. I see it now: the iBomb (tm)

Legitimate, if disturbing to some (5, Informative)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536193)

Computing ballistics in the field has been an ongoing issue for long-range shooters, as determining the required elevation & windage settings for precision shots depends heavily on a variety of factors (wind speed, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, bullet weight, ballistic coefficient, barrel length, powder burn rate, barrel twist, target angle, distance, and even latitude & direction). Until recently, sharpshooters/snipers addressed the problem by computing ballistics tables ahead of time, memorizing or taking paper copies into the field, developing a reliable "gut feel", and even using specialized slide rules (ex.: Mil-Dot Master); only recently have portable computers been adapted or built (Palm Pilot, Barrett BORS) to improve situational accuracy. Bringing the iPod Touch into the picture via a convenient mounting system allows tremendous improvement & flexibility in creating applications to solve ballistics problems, as there are already at least 3 apps available, and both professionals & hobbists can easily develop their own apps. That this mounting system is provided by Knights Armament, a well-respected name in high-quality small arms, helps as well.

Those with snide remarks should be aware that (A) this is legitimately needed by military and police to keep your life safe and comfortable, and (B) long-range target shooting is a legitimate and popular sport.

Re:Legitimate, if disturbing to some (1)

Stevecrox (962208) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536501)

I can understand the need for such technology and even how it will help. What I don't understand is the choice of device, if cost is really a factor then a COTS HTC Touch or something similar would be far cheaper, if you were dealing with large enough volumes you could problem mount/design a standard Windows Mobile ARM 9 kit inside your own shell (cutting down weight and giving you exactly what you need).

This is a interesting modification of a consumer device but part of me feels that there would be better and cheaper solutions which wouldn't leave you subject to Apple's DRM'd iPhone. To my knowledge the iPhone only allows web applications, are they really that much easier to program for when compared to the Symbian/Windows Mobile/Embedded Linux platforms?

headshot (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536197)

"Boom HeadShot!"

Oh why not?! Everyone else is doing it! (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536229)

"Reach out and hit someone!"

(This works with iPhone too right?)

NEDM? (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536273)

I find it hard to improve this as a creative idea. NEDM.

HO NOES (1)

hachete (473378) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536281)

we killed the website. More deadly than a rattle-snake ... slashdot

Fibr5t (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26536385)

- Netcraf7 has whole has lost

Calibration (4, Funny)

SoundGuyNoise (864550) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536403)

Do you calibrate its accuracy like a touchscreen and a stylus? Except with live human heads?

Like in the movie "Vantage Point" (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 5 years ago | (#26536527)

One of the "terrists" in the movie aimed and fired an automated rifle mounted in a window using some sort of PDA. I'll have to re-watch now to see which it was.
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