Nineteen-year-old Kai Kloepfer is at the helm of Biofire Technologies, a start-up dedicated to producing the world’s first fully functional smart gun.
The Colorado native, who turned to gun safety technology after the Aurora theater shooting, has been working on his Biofire smart gun design for the past four years in his parent’s home in Boulder. The fingerprint reading gun was introduced to the world last week as a working prototype — the first of its kind.
Smart guns are meant to improve safety by restricting a gun’s use to only authorized shooters through a biometric device. In the case of Kloepfer’s gun, a dime-sized fingerprint sensor resting on the left side of a Glock 22 serves as that device. The sensor is positioned where the shooter’s middle finger naturally rests, allowing the gun to remain unlocked and “live” while shooting.