Apparatus and method for inductively powering and networking a rail of a firearm

  • US 9,891,023 B2
  • Filed: 02/14/2012
  • Issued: 02/13/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/15/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A weapon, comprising:

  • an upper receiver;

    a lower receiver;

    a powered accessory mounted to a rail of the upper receiver; and

    an apparatus for inductively networking a microcontroller of the powered accessory to a microcontroller of the rail of the upper receiver and a master CPU of the weapon, wherein data is exclusively provided to the powered accessory from one of a plurality of coils located within the rail; and

    wherein the powered accessory further comprises a plurality of coils and the powered accessory is configured to determine when one of the plurality of coils of the powered accessory is adjacent to the one of the plurality of coils of the rail.

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