What happens when smart guns mix with Google Glass

A Glass app created by rifle-maker Tracking Point lets shooters hit targets "around corners, from unsupported positions, behind the back, to the side, and over barricades."

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Tracking Point devises a Google Glass app that lets users shoot from around corners. Screengrab by Dara Kerr/CNET

As if shooting targets at impossibly long distances wasn't enough, smart rifle-maker Tracking Point announced Wednesday that it's working on a new feature for its tech-enabled guns: the ability to shoot long distances from around corners.

Just how does it propose to do this? With Google Glass, of course.

Tracking Point is working on a streaming app for wearables called ShotView. When paired with the company's smart rifles, this app lets shooters hit targets that the user cannot see directly.

"Combined with a Tracking Point precision guided firearm, wearable technology allows for accurate shots around corners, from unsupported positions, behind the back, to the side, and over barricades," the company says in a newly released YouTube video (see below) that shows the ShotView app in action.

Shooters can hit these near-impossible targets because a computer within the rifle is able to stream data, information, and live video to a wearable, such as Google Glass, therefore letting users "see" the target.

"The advent of wearable technology facilitates a new era in augmented marksmen ability," Tracking Point says in the video. "With every day of testing and refinement at Tracking Point, science fiction becomes closer to reality."

Tracking Point's tech-heavy rifles, which debuted last year, come with built-in computers that help shooters hit targets at distances up to 1,200 yards away -- which is equivalent to 12 football fields. The ease of shooting is possible through technology like a guided trigger and "Networked Tracking Scope" that can lock onto and track moving targets. This means even novice shooters can hit targets at distances never before imagined. Tracking Point also came out with a semiautomatic version of its smart rifles in January.

When contacted by CNET, a Tracking Point spokesperson said the ShotView app is currently available for any iOS or Android device. However, the version of the app for Google Glass is not available for all Glass users and the company doesn't have plans to make a consumer version.

"Glass is shown in this video which is an R&D video as an example of wearable technology," the spokesperson said.

Updated June 6 at 7:30 a.m. PT with comment from Tracking Point spokesperson.