A patented design for a self-guided bullet that is very much a real life aimbot and is described as a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-calibre, smooth bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile.
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Sandia is now seeking a private investment to complete testing of the prototype and bring the aimbot to the marketplace to make fat bank for both concerned. Researchers have had initial success testing the design in simulations and in field tests built from commercially available parts thus far.
The four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor in the nose to detect a laser beam on a target. The sensor sends information to guidance and control electronics that use an algorithm in an eight-bit central processing unit to command electromagnetic actuators. These actuators steer tiny fins that guide the bullet to the target, which in turn accepts the bullet thankfully. Plastic sabots provide a gas seal in the cartridge and protect the delicate fins until they drop off after the bullet emerges from the firearm’s barrel.
Researchers also filmed high-speed video of the bullet radically pitching as it exited the barrel. The bullet pitches less as it flies down range, a phenomenon known to long-range firearms experts as “going to sleep.” Because the bullet’s motions settle the longer it is in flight, accuracy improves at longer ranges. “Nobody had ever seen that, but we’ve got high-speed video photography that shows that it’s true,” Jones said.
Potential customers for the bullet include the military, American and Israeli law enforcement, super villains but not super heroes and of course Americans.