Six-rotor, two-armed clawed drone released by Japanese UAV maker
Commercial drone has enough power to lift and transport a patio chair through the air
Its makers insist that it has numerous, practical applications, but a new offering from Japanese commercial UAV maker Prodrone looks like something out of a dystopic sci-fi movie.
The six-rotor PD6B-AW-ARM drone is equipped with two robot arms, each ending in a mechanical claw that can grasp objects tightly enough to whisk them away through the skies.
And the promotional video, released ahead of the device’s unveiling at InterDrone, an international UAV conference held earlier this month in Las Vegas, won’t ease any irrational flying-crab-bot fears.
The video shows the orange-and-black drone buzzing through the skies, claw-like grips clacking open and closed in anticipation as it sights its prey – a metal patio chair. Latching onto the hapless furniture, it lifts it up, above a courtyard and a decorative fountain, and away to an unknown fate.
The video also shows the drone using its mechanical talons to alight on a fence, where it perches, awaiting its next assignment.
Finally, in an effort to show a more charitable side of the new technology, it demonstrates one of its practical uses, quickly buzzing a flotation device out to sea in a mock-rescue.
Despite looking ominous – bringing to mind the human-hunting “squids” of th