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Method and Apparatus for Software Locking of Online Hunting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131065D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Nov-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This disclosure describes a method of using a software lockout mechanism to improve the safety of online hunting.

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Method and Apparatus for Software Locking of Online Hunting

Disclosure is a method of using a software lockout mechanism to improve the safety of online hunting.

Prior art has described a method of using computers connected via the Internet to control live hunting rifles in game farms. Hunters who do not want to travel but want the experience of shooting big game are able to use such system in areas such as rural Texas where hunting is allowed.

The distributed nature of the Internet can breed anonymity, and anonymity can breed recklessness. While the prior art shows that technically it is feasible to provide remote hunting, it is probably a bad idea if unrestrained. The prior art has significant safety concerns that are addressed by this invention. This invention discloses the idea of having a safety switch in the software module responsible for controlling the firing of the weapon. The safety switch is controlled by a computer equipped with a networking interface and a graphical display. The computer is controlled by an attentive agent of the online hunting service. The graphical display shows what the online hunter sees, and what the hunter's weapon is pointed at. Based on the contents of the display, the agent instructs the computer to release or activate the software lock. When engaged, the software lock prohibits the firing of the weapon.

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