The Future Is Scary and So Is This Drone With Hands

Here, have some nightmares about a helicopter pterodactyl

By The Editors

 
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12 September 2016

As if arming them with frickin’ lasers wasn’t enough, drones are now getting armed with ... frickin’ arms.

In order to assist engineers and farmers (or frighten the parents of small children), Japanese electronics company Prodrone has developed a large quadcopter with two robotic arms that are each capable of carrying a max payload of about 22 pounds.

Able to fly for a half hour and reach speeds of up to 37 MPH, the PD6B-AW-ARM’s ability to perform specific “hands-on” operations is evident in a video that shows it performing important tasks like picking up patio furniture and hovering ominously in an open window near a terrace.

“The PD6B-AW-ARM makes a whole new range of tasks possible, and I am confident that nobody else could have made it,” according to Prodrone CEO Masakazu Kono.

Or would have.

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