Jeffrey Fisher on 15 Nov 2000 23:57:57 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> I'm an American And I Have a Microsoft Handgun

of course, e.Colt.NET would allow you to simply license WindowsHG-supported
hardware along an ASP model -- an HGP model, perhaps -- on an as-needed basis.
truly distributed firepower recognizing and exploiting the explosive potential
of the networked world.

Bruce Sterling wrote:

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> Subject: Microsoft Announces Handguns with Web Access
> Date: Sun, Nov 12, 2000, 06:16 PM
> June 16, 2004
> Microsoft Announces Handguns with Web Access
> PHOENIX--Microsoft today unveiled its latest effort to ensure that the Web
> is accessible "everywhere through everything" and that versions of its
> Windows operating system become "ubiquitous and necessary, like the air we
> breathe."  Speaking to a skeptical audience at CUEC (Conference on
> Ubiquitous and Environmental Computing), CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that
> Microsoft has acquired rights to the legendary Colt brand and has a custom
> version of Windows for Handguns currently in beta testing.
>  Brandishing a prototype "e.Colt," Ballmer extolled the virtues and
> conveniences of "wired" firearms:  "Now, whenever I have my gun out, I can
> also check my stock quotes.  Bill can still dash off an e-mail to me, and
> I'll get it, even if I'm out searching for prowlers in the backyard in my
> PJs."
>  The e.Colt is built around a fully-functional 9mm semi-automatic frame.
> The grip includes a small, 256-color touchscreen and stowable stylus.  All
> memory, computing and storage functions are handled by a 1 GB CRAM array
> and low-power Intel Cranium processor.  A coiled, under-barrel
> multi-function antenna permits connection with RF, WAP, IGI, and satellite
> networks.  Running on a custom, embedded version of Windows known as
> Windows HG, and utilizing full Bluetooth functionality, the e.Colt enables
> users to engage in most of the most popular Web functions, including
> browsing with full XML support, e-mail, and voice and data telephony.
>  Microsoft's business strategy for the e.Colt includes producing and
> selling the gun itself, licensing OEM design and manufacture of
> peripherals, and licensing Windows HG to others in the firearms and
> munitions industry.  "The hardware itself is really cool," exclaimed
> Ballmer.   "I mean, wow!  But we've always been more of a software company
> than a hardware company.  The hope is that the industry will pick up on
> this and run with it.  At Microsoft we just want what's best for the
> consumer:  innovation, and that includes innovation in handguns."
>  Ballmer also demonstrated the Kodak Gun-Cam, one of the many peripherals
> in the works.  The small camera plugs into the e.Colt's USB port and
> gathers real-time footage through a patented down-the-sites view.  "There's
> lots of important uses for this," noted Ballmer.  "With Windows HG's remote
> firing capability and personal server functionality, you could set your gun
> up somewhere, then, from anywhere in the world, keep track of what it's
> aiming at and, when you're ready, fire.  We expect something like this to
> be really big for rifle manufacturers interested in building the remote
> hunting market."
>  Remote firing is only one of several "remote" functions enabled by Windows
> HG.  The OS includes a web-configurable and web-accessible gun lock and
> safety system that makes use of 1,024 bit encrypted keys.  "We're very
> concerned about gun safety," explained Ballmer.  "In HG we've got a
> key-escrow system to help out law-enforcement curtail inappropriate gun
> use.  We keep an updated copy of each of the safety keys on one of our
> super-safe, super-secure servers.  If a cop or somebody has met the proper
> legal standard and has the right paperwork, we can turn over the key and
> they can lock-up the gun."
>  Ballmer also pointed out the potential usefulness of remote firing and
> lock-up control for co-ordination of firing in small groups or squads:
> "Because of Bluetooth, groups of gun-owners can now network their guns
> together and do things like appoint a squad leader with power to issue a
> 'hold fire' command which would instantly flip the safety on all of the
> guns in the group."
>  Members of the audience at CUEC remained skeptical:  "We're glad when
> somebody with resources like Microsoft dedicates them to ubiquitous or
> environmental computing initiatives, explained one attendee.  "The
> enthusiasm helps draw attention to the field.  At the same time, though,
> their specific plans don't seem to be in the right spirit.  They just don't
> get it."
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