Interest in personal acoustic target

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by JonnyVang, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. JonnyVang

    JonnyVang Active Member

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    I've been fiddling with an wireless open air acoustic target as a hobby project for some years. It is basically an array of microphones that detects supersonic bullets and calculate their position in open air. This means that any you can e.g shoot at a paper target (or a milk jug!) and detect the coordinates of the bullet passing by.

    I am still in early prototyping of this system, but I'm getting promising results. I was wondering if this is a system that would be in interest for fellow long range hunters and shooters? I have not found any similar systems for civilians on the open market yet. It basically does the same job as your spotter buddy but with probably at least 1/4 inch accuracy :D
     
  2. WildcatB

    WildcatB Well-Known Member

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    I'm interested.
     

  3. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    Interesting.....
     
  4. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    Me too...
     
  5. JonnyVang

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    At least three potential customers :)
    The downside with such a product is that it will cost money. If I take it further and try to make it a real product, my guess is that the price tag will be in the $600-$900 price range. But that really depends on the feature set and how big the volume is. FCC approval is also quite expensive, but I believe is mandatory for selling RF-equipment in the US.

    I have really no clue on how big the world wide long range shooting community is and if there is going to be a market for such a product.
     
  6. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    Do you have a working prototype?

    What can you tell us about the features and functionality?
     
  7. JonnyVang

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    Would not call it a prototype yet. I have the mathematics in order, and have done some field testing to prove the concept. I work with embedded SW/HW at my regular work.
     
  8. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    First thing that comes to mind is if you have had a meeting with a patent attorney to make sure your not wasting your time or steeping on someone's toes. It's a very interesting concept and would like to know more

    Isn't technology great. Good luck with your venture.
     
  9. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    I would be very interested in something like this
    something i could attach to my steel or near to anyway that could tell us how far off we are would be much better than guessing through a spotting scope
    retiredcpo
     
  10. WildcatB

    WildcatB Well-Known Member

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    I think something similar already exists. MIT students? Saw it on 6mmbr.com last year if I remember right. They weren't selling there's at the time.


     
  11. lazylabs

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    Ohler has something along those lines. I know it's under there professional series but might be worth checking out to make sure it's in the clear as far as patents. What kind of target area would you build?
     
  12. WildcatB

    WildcatB Well-Known Member

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    My bad. Not acoustic sensors & not MIT. They used accelerometers, and it was Waterloo labs. Here's a video. You can go to their website and they give you an overview of the system and give you the code so you can build the system yourself.

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    I'd still be interested if someone put together a commercial system that had the same functionality.

     
  13. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    I think he lives in Korea. Is US patent law even applicable?
     
  14. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    It is if you try to buy or sell something in the US and get caught.

    Even if you buy something and don't realize it, the goods can get confiscated and then you're recourse is to take civil action against the seller.

    I'm no lawyer. But, that's my understanding anyway. Leupold deals with that constantly with Chinese knockoff scopes. ...although, they brazenly use the Leupold name and trademarks as well.