In 2015, a Connecticut teenager raised the question of whether our robots have the right to carry weapons when he manipulated jury – a working flame thrower – and a semi-automatic pistol separately – on his drone.
But this Thursday you can easily build a flying flame thrower yourself. You look at the Throwflame TF-19 Wasp, a functional flame thrower attachment for commercial-grade heavy duty levers that can hit targets up to 25 feet away, with a one-gallon fuel tank capable of producing a stream of fire for 100 seconds, the company said.
Mind you, the $ 1499 price for the flame thrower will not get it in the air, because you also have to supply the drone, which you may have to assemble because commercial drones are often modular and do not include things like flight controllers in the box.
Throwflame tells The edge that the video includes a DJI S1000 drone with an A2 flight controller, a 6S 16,000 mAh LiPo battery and a TBS Tango R / C remote control, which – checking notes – can easily add another $ 2,600 to the cost. (You can also see a GoPro-like camera on top.) The company also says it offers tailor-made turnkey drones ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 10,000 and above, depending on how far and fast it has to fly and what kind of image that you expect it to radiate home.
Why would you really need something like that? Well, that was there that one example where a flame thrower drone was used to remove power lines in China … and the company suggests it could be used for controlled grass burns and to destroy wasp nests, as a few examples.
The company says the enclosure with the flame thrower will go on sale this Thursday. Like Boing BoingSays David Pescovitz, "What could go wrong?"