Of all the eccentric drone applications being launched — from novelty pizza-delivering UAV’s to Facebook’s altruistic Internet drones — this one by design firm Chaotic Moon Studios is a real shocker.
Debuted at South By Southwest (SXSW), the Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone (CUPID) is a hexacopter equipped with a stun gun to immobilize criminals or intruders.
“The drone can be deployed when an alarm is triggered. It can find a subject and send live video to the owner's phone and ask if you want to authorize the subject or detain them,” Chaotic Moon explained, according to RT. “If you detain them, it drops into fully autonomous mode to detain them until police arrive -- if needs be, stunning them with 80,000 volts of electricity to render them incapacitated.”
Chaotic Moon wants to add pepper spray to CUPID in the near future. The firm is also working on an UAV that interferes with intrusive paparazzi drones, using an electromagnetic pulse to zap the offending drone’s electronic system and causing it to crash.
Check out the following video of CUPID zapping a dummy. Chaotic Moon even tested the stun-gun drone on an intern. So, unpaid apprentices, next time you’re forced to make yet another coffee run, remember: at least your bosses are shooting 80,000 volts into your back. (However, judging by how the intern went down in the video, I’m a little suspicious and suspect CUPID may have been shooting blanks.)
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