Kai Kloepfer birthed the idea this of a Smart Gun in an advanced science research seminar when he was just a young sophomore in High School. He designed the fingerprint sensor to be on the grip of the handgun. The sensor would then in turn recognize the fingerprint of the owner, but like smartphone technology for unlocking your phone. The feature provided an added layer of defense against firearm accidents where non-owners of the firearm endanger themselves or others– allowing only the owner to be able to activate the firearm.
The proposal went on to earn him a $50,000 grant to work towards his project, while also garnering some local fame and a highlight on Uproxx’s Luminaries. He continues to crowdsource for funding this pursuit to adapt the prototype to a live firearm. Most people have now heard his message and the goal is to get these smart guns into the hands of gun owners. While he collaborates with Visionworks in San Diego to advance the prototype to a metal gun model, he seeks support from believers to make this revolutionary idea happen.