Yes, you read that right (never mind the short hiatus on posts here). DARPA has been funding a project called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, which in short, is a .50 cal bullet that can adjust its path according to numerous parameters, including its target. Embedded after the break is a video demonstrating its first test — in which it is fully working — but also comes to show us just how real our fantasty and video games are approaching the real-world.
Oh, and of course, DARPA is being rather vague about how this all works:
The system combines a maneuverable bullet and a real-time guidance system to track and deliver the projectile to the target, allowing the bullet to change path during flight to compensate for any unexpected factors that may drive it off course. Technology development in Phase II included the design, integration and demonstration of aero-actuation controls, power sources, optical guidance systems, and sensors.
With compensation for wind and dust, it just occurred to me that there’s almost no evading this bullet. Good game, buddy.