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Colorado Teen Wins $50,000 for Fingerprint Gun Sensor [VIDEO]

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A Boulder teen’s fingerprint gun sensor could be the future of smart gun technology.

17-year-old Kai Kloepfer has developed a fingerprint gun sensor that can authorize access to a handgun based on a person’s fingerprint. At it’s current stage of development, the sensor can authorize up to 999 users, and it works with 99.9 percent accuracy.

Kloepfer won a $50,000 grant from the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, a nonprofit that awards grants for innovative smart gun technology, to continue working on the project. Klopfer developed the prototype for a plastic model of a Beretta PX4 Storm with a $3,000 budget. He plans to use the grant money to build the sensor into a live firearm.

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Kloepfer told Denver’s Fox affiliate station that he’s been interested in gun technology for as long as he can remember. He said the inspiration for the design began after the 2012 shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colorado.

“I started thinking about the role technology could play in preventing accidents and death related to firearms,” Koepfler said. “The idea actually came to me in a dream and I have been working since then to make it a reality.”

Kloepfer says he taught himself how to build the sensor using information on the Internet.

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Koepfler at work. Image via Smart Tech Challenges Foundation
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Image via Smart Tech Challenges Foundation

He is set to talk about his invention at the TEDx Mile High on Saturday at the University of Denver.

Smart gun technology is already available to the public, but there’s nothing like Kloepfer’s fingerprint gun sensor on the market. We’re interested to see the next iteration of the sensor.

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Colorado Teen Wins $50,000 for Fingerprint Gun Sensor [VIDEO]