Why Would You Ever Want an iPhone Mount for an Assault Rifle?

By Chris Mills on at

There have been smartphone weapon mounts before, but normally they just use your iPhone as a ballistics calculator. Not the Inteliscope. No, it's a mount-and-app combo that lets you use your iPhone camera as a scope, complete with the 5x digital zoom, perfect for when you've got orders to capture or kill a vague pixelated blob.

The mount attaches to the ubiquitous Picatinny or Weaver rail systems fitted to all self-respecting weapons, then holds an iPhone 4, 4s or 5 (or an iPod touch, handy for the budget-concious armourer). The Inteliscope app takes the live feed from the iDevice's camera, bungs some faux-military bright green writing over the top, and displays it on the screen.

The company promises an "Intuitive User Interface", "5x Digital Zoom", "Shoot Around Corners with No Head Exposure" and "Video Recording", among other things. Of all those, video recording sounds like the only possible application for this mount -- but honestly, with all the available action cams you can strap onto your head or your gun, why you'd reckon an iPhone is the best solution is beyond me. Pre-orders are open now, with the first units shipping in June for too much money. [Inteliscope via Engadget]