Date of Submission

Spring 2018

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Computer Science

Project Advisor 1

Sven Anderson

Abstract/Artist's Statement

As mass shootings continue to make headlines, a call for advancements in gun technology has become urgent. As I will outline, there are only a limited number of "smart guns," meaning “a firearm that includes a safety feature or features that allow it to fire only when activated by an authorized user.” This project hopes to develop a new approach to smart guns. Rather than limiting or identifying the gun owner, I hope to restrict the usage of a gun to zones defined by GPS coordinates, known as a geofences. I utilize an Android app to track the user. Depending on their location, the user may lock or unlock the gun via a Bluetooth connection with an Arduino locking mechanism. I believe this prototype could be implemented in both pistol and ArmaLite Rifle (AR) systems, ultimately saving many lives.

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On-Campus only

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