GunEye: A Weapon-Mounted Camera that Connects to Your Smartphone – SHOT Show 2020

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From cars to phones to televisions, it seems like everything these days comes with a camera installed. Could firearms be next? The inventors at GunEye think so, and we stopped by their booth at SHOT Show 2020 to see for ourselves.

“It’s been a long time since the gun accessory market has seen a totally new product with this level of technology available to the public,” says GunEye Co-Founder Steve Kraft.  

The GunEye SMART HD 360IR is a small camera that mounts to any standard Picatinny or Weaver rail. When users push the “on” button, the camera automatically pulls up the GunEye phone app, which allows the user to see whatever the camera can see. The camera also uses infrared LED lights so users can see even in the dark.

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In theory, the reticle on the app screen provides an accurate aiming system. Both in their promotional material and in person, GunEye founders make much of their device’s ability to allow users to shoot around a corner without having to step into the line of fire. They argue that this functionality, combined with the camera’s night vision, will be especially useful in a home defense situation.

Whether that theory will translate into reality isn’t clear. The device is still in prototype stages, and the company didn’t have any samples mounted to functioning firearms at Range Day. We were, however, able to observe the device on a blue gun, and there didn’t appear to be any delay between the movements of the firearm and the image on the screen. The image quality also appeared to be high.

The glare makes it tough to see in the image, but in person the picture quality is great and the reticle is clearly visible. Check out the video above for a better sense of how the device works.

Even if you don’t see yourself shooting around a corner one-handed while looking at your phone, you might still appreciate the ability to record self-defense situations and potentially use that footage to prevent false accusations. Simply pushing the “on” button on the camera starts the video and audio recording, both on the connected phone and on the camera itself, and the camera can hold up to 2GB of video. Retrieving that video after an incident would no doubt help prove claims of self-defense.

Interested customers have the chance to get in on the ground floor. GunEye is looking for its second round of funding before beginning full production, and you can support the campaign and learn more about the product at Gun Dynamics.

When production begins, MSRP is expected to be around $389.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • William C Batten January 28, 2020, 8:23 am

    Hello, Bill with GunEye here. Just providing some responses to the many of the questions we are getting asked.
    1) Two Handed Weapon Control: We actually put a 3rd party $60 micro android phone into a wrist strap and it worked great. link to image http://firearmeye.com/GunEye_WristMonitor_wRet.jpg
    2) IR Distance & Quality: Good for up too 40 ft. Here is an IR test done by our design firm on the Space Coast of FL (tech hub for the space program) http://firearmeye.com/irtest.jpg
    3) Durability: designed by a firm who specialize in military electronics. If the electronics can survive the recoil of 155 mm shell from a M109 Howitzer, then GunEye can handle your small arms.
    4) Lag was non existent with prototype demonstrated at the range. It does not use internet so it can be used in the field. It uses a combination of Wifi direct & bluetooth and will work with any smart device that can handle HD video.
    5) Planned release is summer 2020 for an MSRP of $389. But if you would like to get one of the 1st ones off the production line at a much reduced price, you can join our Gun Dynamic Crowd Source Campaign (kickstarter for Guns) at https://gundynamics.com/products/guneye

  • john in DFW January 21, 2020, 3:00 pm

    I see problems with this thing … first Latency ! in the demo video you see the guy walking and the image on the phone … there is a delay .. that means if the guy moves , you probably will shoot where he was and not where he is . also that means you’re looking at your phone , not at the guy . and we all know what happens when people do that in their cars . Next , you’ll be shooting one handed , and we all know most people can’t shoot 2 handed , even cops in high stress situation miss allot. I think this is a mistake to market this as a way to shoot from cover . if it was just forensic evidence , for after the fact like the police do, maybe , and even then put up video and in a court of law you may escape from criminal court , and make yourself a tough battle in civil court . money would be better spent on a good weapon light … blind the perp and light him up . done ! Low tech works !

    • GunEye Team January 21, 2020, 4:05 pm

      To address the latency point, the video was a mock up done over a year ago. As the author of this story had stated, latency was not an issue when demostrated at the both with the latest prototype.

      Our product is designed to keep you outta harms way so you yourself dont get lit up.

    • Bill January 21, 2020, 5:43 pm

      just to clarify, the video was a mock up done almost a year ago. As stated by the author of this article, when demonstrated with the latest prototype quote: “there didn’t appear to be any delay between the movements of the firearm and the image on the screen.”

  • BRASS January 21, 2020, 11:27 am

    I wonder how long it will be before states start trying to outlaw this accessory?

    I have no doubt, some will.

  • NowHearThis January 21, 2020, 8:08 am

    Good for about 2-3 shots, until the powder residue renders the camera lens fouled, and the images become more grainy than flip phone porn.

    • Celeste zotto January 21, 2020, 9:10 am

      Guneye has developed a bezel lip for the lens to account for muzzle dust.

    • Bill January 21, 2020, 10:31 am

      Gun powder is not an issue as there will be goriilla glass lenses covering both the camera lens as well as the Osram Ifrared LEDs. It is has to be sealed as it also is water resistant rated for field use. It is built to last.

    • Rip Rogers January 21, 2020, 11:22 am

      As if you had used one.
      Use good powder, not American Eagle or the like.
      Do you support the 2A? You sound so “ANTIFIA”…

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