Now you can turn your phone into a ballistic HUD with Desert Tech’s TRASOL

    (h/t to Soldier Systems Daily)

    Desert Tech’s ballistics app, TRASOL has been updated with a new capability:  A HUD appearing on your smartphone screen that can “track moving targets and provide lead solutions” using the sensors incorporated in one’s device.

    Via Desert Tech:

    By using your mobile device’s built-in camera and onboard sensors, TRASOL allows users to point their device at their
    target and automatically generate absolute accuracy solutions.

    The HUD environment has highly intuitive drag and drop tools
    for quick input of Range and Wind (without any typing) and the device’s sensors do the rest.  The HUD also allows tracking of moving targets to provide very accurate lead solutions.
    Lastly, the photo/video capturing capability allows you to
    log your shots easily and share them with your friends.

    • A) Heads-Up Display technology
    • B) Auto-sensing technology
    • C) Moving target tracking
    • D) Photo/video capturing with image zoom
    • E) Photo/video sharing

    The ability to track a moving target and provide lead solutions is very interesting.  I have a Newcon rangefinder with this capability, but it is purely for spotter use as there’s no way I can manipulate a long range rifle while holding it.  The rangefinder is also far more expensive than Desert Tech’s app which is a very reasonable $9.99.  TRASOL doesn’t quite approach Trackingpoint’s capability, but it’s nice to see a HUD capability within ballistic apps.

    As seen in the short clip above, the app can track a designated target, calculate its speed and provide lead solutions.  There is a caveat, however.  The user must input range to target and wind speed data, so a laser rangefinder is still a necessity.  I personally don’t shoot with a smartphone mount on my rifles, but I know they exist. Mounted on one’s rifle with a quick rangefinder like Silencerco’s Radius, it could be a good solution for solo shooters to quickly engage moving targets at range.  I’d like to test it out to see if the app can adjust for range on a moving object after the initial input, however, as that data can make a huge difference in shot accuracy.  Another reservation of mine is that the drag and drop capability for inputting range and wind speed data might be a bit hard to do while trying to engage a moving target.  Those potential issues aside, paired with a rail-mounted rangefinder like Silencerco’s Radius, it could be a good solution for solo shooters to quickly engage moving targets at range.

    For more in-depth information on the ballistic functions of TRASOL, read our own Miles V.’s report on it here.

    The new updated app can be found at Desert Tech.

    Rusty S.

    Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. Editor at