When you play the game of drones, you win or try (again)
Everyone’s seen a drone with a mounted GoPro, but why stop there? There are a practically limitless number of applications for drones, some more useful or more deadly than others.
Some drones deliver pizza, some drones deliver 80,000 volts of electricity…
In a move that would have Judge Dredd nodding approvingly, some bright spark decided that drones could be used to oppress a populace that much more effectively if they moved beyond surveillance and into suppression — via electrical shock of course. In this video from SXSW, you can see the lovingly named “Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone” bring a daring (or foolish) test subject to his knees. Ouch.
I find myself feeling strangely sorry for the chainsaw drone — an invention that the world is clearly not ready for yet. Designed by a couple of Nordic filmmakers, the “Killer Drone!” makes short work of a couple of snowmen, yet becomes sadly entangled when attempting to take on a fearsome red balloon, resulting in an undignified crash landing. We’ve all been there.
Designed for “Game of Drones” (basically Robot Wars for drones) the paintball drone can be, by its makers on admission, “a little dangerous.” You don’t say. Not only does the six-bladed drone come with a mounted paintball gun, but it also has a camera which enables the gunner to look down the barrel of the paintball gun in real time. Expect to see paintball drones patrolling the skies of paintball fields near you at some point in the next ten years.
They didn’t, did they? In what has to be a marketing stunt, one company developed the “dildo drone” as the ultimate “hands-free” sensual experience. For, y’know, when a burger in one hand and a beer in the other isn’t just quite enough simultaneous pleasure. Sounds messy.
Not used by the paparazzi to track suspicious celebrities (yet), these are drones equipped with heat-sensing cameras to hunt wildlife. Now if you’re the kind of person who thinks that a deer versus a telescopic rifle isn’t exactly a fair fight to begin with, then I think you’d also agree that the last thing that wildlife needed was another way to end up looking down the barrel of a gun. It’s not all bad though — drones equipped with night vision cameras have been used in the fight against ivory poachers in some sub Saharan countries.
Making some of the other entries on this list look positively tame by comparison, this flying, fire-breathing contraption is the closest thing to an actual dragon that you are ever likely to see. And that has to be a good thing, right? The (quite possibly unhinged) creator of the flamethrower drone demonstrates how the unmanned aerial vehicle can be used to roast turkey, as of yet it doesn’t look like it can stuff one though…