A Smart Holster for Law Enforcement

So, back in January, Noel (@noelportugal) took a team of developers to the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon in Las Vegas.

Although they didn’t win, the built some very cool stuff, combining Google Glass, Philips Hue, Internet of Things, and possibly a kitchen sink in there somewhere, into what can only be described as a smart holster. You know, for guns.

You read that right. This project was way out of our usual wheelhouse, which is what made it so much fun, or so I’m told.

Friend of the ‘Lab Martin Taylor was kind enough to produce, direct and edit the following video, in which Noel describes and demonstrates the holster’s capabilities.

Did you catch the bit at 3:06? That’s Raymond behind the mask.





  1. @Jake and @Noel. Pretty cool and practical.. thats what makes it stick

  2. Raymond looked like he enjoyed hitting Noel a little toooo much. 🙂

    Didn’t you guys talk to someone in law enforcement? I seem to remember when you demoed it before, someone mentioned that talking to an officer was how you got the insight into the severity difference “holster unclipped” vs “gun drawn” but I don’t remember the details. I’d be curious to hear about the officer’s perspective on your project.

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