"We'd have most of what we predicted of the conquest of space, if we hadn't ignored parasite control."
In the film, Jack Ramsay of the Runaway squad chases after malfunctioning robots. However, evil mastermind Charles Luther has an advanced weapon prototype - a gun that shoots smart bullets.
(Smart bullet dissected)
Here's the oversized gun that fires the smart bullet.
(The gun that shoots the smart bullet)
The final feature of the device is that it targets individual people by looking at their body heat signature.
(Targeting system uses your personal heat signature)
Compare to the roving bombs from Manly Wade Wellman's 1941 story The Lost Rocket.
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