This Eerie New Drone Comes With Spider-Like Grasping Arms

Robots bearing arms have never been less frightening.

9. 12. 16 by Michelle Lee
Prodrone
Image by Prodrone

The proliferation of drone technology has certainly been beneficial to users, albeit while annoying some others. One manufacturer is about to start producing the next evolution of the technology.

At the InterDrone show in Las Vegas, Japanese drone manufacturer, Prodrone claims that the PD6B-AW-ARM is “the world’s first dual robot arm large-format drone.” Prodrone has taken its previous PD6B-AW model and upgraded it with 5-axis grasping arms. It can carry up to 10 kg (22 lb). The PD6B-AW-ARM also has a stabilizing feature that balances the aircraft while the arms carries and moves stuff around.

Image credit: Podrone

The drone will have an maximum flight time of up to a half-hour per charge. The drone can also clock in with forward speeds of 60 km/h (37 mph) and fly up to an altitude of 5,000 m (16,404 ft) This likely doesn’t account for the extra force of lugging its cargo. Grabbing and lifting isn’t all the arms can do. As New Atlas reports, “Along with the obvious grasping and carrying of cargo, the company’s suggested uses…also include attaching or joining items, cutting cables, flicking switches, delivering lifesaving buoys, or retrieving hazardous materials.”

The company has yet to announce a release date for the upgraded drones. Pricing is also forthcoming.

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