US 9,810,498 B1
Method of preventing accidental shootings with a firearm safety beacon
Kenneth Carl Steffen Winiecki, Cupertino, CA (US)
Filed by Kenneth Carl Steffen Winiecki, Cupertino, CA (US)
Filed on Jul. 13, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/649,417.
Application 15/649,417 is a continuation of application No. 15/355,012, filed on Nov. 17, 2016, granted, now 9,739,556.
Application 15/355,012 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/IB2016/052611, filed on May 6, 2016.
Application PCT/IB2016/052611 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2015/038644, filed on Jun. 30, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/262,716, filed on Dec. 3, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/204,208, filed on Aug. 12, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/256,543, filed on Nov. 17, 2015.
Int. Cl. F41A 17/06 (2006.01); F41A 17/08 (2006.01); F41A 17/46 (2006.01)
CPC F41A 17/063 (2013.01) [F41A 17/08 (2013.01); F41A 17/46 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of preventing accidental shootings with a firearm safety beacon, the method comprises the steps of:
(A) providing at least one safety beacon;
(B) providing a firearm, wherein the firearm includes a computing unit and a wireless receiver;
(C) continuously transmitting a warning signal with the safety beacon;
(D) continuously monitoring for the warning signal with the wireless receiver;
(E) processing the warning signal into an endangerment assessment with the computing unit, if the warning signal is captured by the wireless receiver;
(F) executing a physical response with the firearm, if the endangerment assessment identifies a potentially unsafe situation between the safety beacon and the firearm;
providing a minimum safe distance stored by the computing unit;
integrating a current location of the safety beacon into the warning signal before step (C);
comparing the current distance of the safety beacon to a current location of the firearm during the endangerment assessment in order to calculate an offset distance between the safety beacon and the firearm; and
identifying the potentially unsafe situation between the safety beacon and the firearm during the endangerment assessment, if the offset distance between the safety beacon and the firearm is less than the minimum safe distance.