Fingerprint sensors and GPS tracking keep your firearms safe inside the Gun Box


September 27, 2013

Once a firearm is secured safely inside, the Gun Box unlocks with an RFID-equipped bracelet (or ring), via a fingerprint scan, or a combination of the two

Once a firearm is secured safely inside, the Gun Box unlocks with an RFID-equipped bracelet (or ring), via a fingerprint scan, or a combination of the two

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We've been impressed with the new fingerprint-locking feature on the iPhone 5s lately, but there are many other items aside from your smartphone data that could use the extra security as well. Ryan Hyde recently designed a heavy-duty gun safe that ditches the usual key and combination locks in favor of a more protective electronic one. Once a firearm is secured safely inside, gun owners can unlock the Gun Box with an RFID-equipped bracelet (or ring), via a fingerprint scan, or a combination of the two.

The safe's outer shell is made from a die-cast aluminum alloy that's comparable to the type used in aircraft, and the inside measures 8.9 x 6.5 x 1.5 in (22.5 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm) – plenty of room for a single handgun or other small objects. The box has been measured for a tensile strength of 24,000 psi and a melting temperature of over 1,000° F (538° C), so you won't have to worry about anything inside being damaged in a fire or accident. The hinges are also tucked away inside the case and the safe has a pry-resistant lap joint to prevent anyone from breaking into it.

The locking mechanism uses motorized servos rather than magnets, which allows the safe to open at any angle or orientation, so it can be mounted on a wall or underneath a desk if needed. While most people will likely keep the safe plugged in at all times, it does include a 1350 mAh battery backup, which the developers claim can maintain enough power for operation away from a wall outlet for several weeks.

The box can be programmed for multiple users, and Hyde made sure to give it a sleek design that wouldn't stand out too much in most homes. The back of the safe also features a pair of USB ports for charging devices as well as a port for a Kensington lock and cable, so it can be secured to a piece of furniture if needed.

For some added security, the Gun Box incorporates an accelerometer and will send an alert to your smartphone if it's moved or tampered with. Users can pay an additional fee to monitor its location through GPS at all times. The system can even be programmed to notify gun owners if the box fails to "check in" with the GPS tracker periodically, which could indicate an attempt to jam the signal.

Hyde and his development team are now running a crowd-funding campaign to produce the first batch of Gun Boxes and have begun taking pre-orders through Indiegogo. The Premier version includes all features and costs US$390, but the developers are also offering a model without the GPS tracking capabilities for $225 and another that opens via RFID only for $180. The Gun Box is expected to ship in December of this year.

Check out the video below to see some of the Gun Box's features in action.

Sources: The Gun Box, Indiegogo

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Great idea. I do wish it was steel instead of aluminum.


The fingerprint scanners of the iPhone 5s have already been defeated via low-tech means.

I'd no more keep my guns in one of these than I'd put them in a kid's toybox.

Anne Ominous

Price is pretty comparable to what's out there, I think the design is very good, easily the best looking gun safe I've ever seen.

A couple complaints: It plugs into an outlet...which is fine, but since it's already plugged in, why not throw some LED's in it so you can clearly see your gun in a dark room? My other complaint is that it looks too weak. I think I could bust this thing wide open with a hammer and 5 minutes. They should make a "destruction" video, where they torture test it.

Also they need some close-up shots of it's interior...I can't tell if the whole interior is metal/plastic/or foam...? If the interior is not wrapped in nice foam, your gun will rattle around when/if you transport it, and could scuff it up...which is important, cause some people have REALLY nice guns.

Bottom line, I'd buy it IF it had a foam interior and some LED's in it.

Derek Howe

OK they made with aluminum so the smart thief just gets some gallium and at structural points applies it then waits a bit then cracks it open like a piggy bank for the gun inside.

Joseph Mertens

I do not like it.

RF chips can be used by anyone, including kids. something needs to remain hidden, a code, something that requires your consent. opening that box needs to be a voluntary act. not a bracelet or ring stripped from your fingers. It would at least slow down a thief if only ONE RF CHIP could be present. the presence of two or more should lock it more securely, or call the cops/ trigger the house alarm system/ ect. at least that way if the key type is known, they must know which one to approach with. the other is a trap.

GPS tracking of a small box? a Faraday bag would defeat that in seconds.

construction is too light duty. I could have that open in less than five minutes. Major mistake with homeowner safes, is they are never secured to the building, and remain mobile. this allows the thieves to simply take it all, and crack it at their leisure.


Stating that the metal has a 1000 degree melting point does NOT mean that whatever is inside won't be severely damaged by high heat. And what do you think will happen to the electronics inside? How are you going to pry it open once the circuit is baked?

Also, you don't have to melt the gun to damage it from high heat. Especially many modern semi-auto pistols with polymer bodies.

Norm Frey

Bypass everything with this....doesn't make this secure at all!

Brandon Urednick
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