Space & Innovation

Chainsaw-Wielding Drone Terrifies From the Sky

Let's add this one to the growing list of really bad drone ideas.

No, you didn't just accidentally stumble into the Hunger Games, but the drone flying around with a buzzing chainsaw is totally real.

Time to update the list of really bad ideas for drones, which already includes a handgun-toting drone, a flamethrower drone, and a nuclear weapon drone the Russians are rumored to be developing.

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A group of Finnish farmers must have been beyond bored when they decided to mount a working chainsaw onto a flying drone, both of which appear to be remote-controlled. The blade itself appropriately reads "#KillerDrone" in white scrawl.

Few details were available from the video description, but then again, how many do you need?

Bad Idea! Bad Idea! Flamethrower Drone Roasts Turkey

Recorded by Finnish filmmakers, the video was posted so close to April 1 that I sincerely hoped it was a joke. But alas, it appears to be authentic:

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Treetops and huge icicles hanging from a roof were no match for this thing. Same with enormous jolly-looking snowmen. Not the snowmen! Ugh. But I was pleased to see that the whole thing got taken down by a few simple pink balloons. At least we have a line of defense now.

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Frankly I'd prefer to see drones around that can protect us from terror, save animals, and help with rescues. And ones that can deliver chocolate cake to my door. They can all stay.

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Robots and drones get a bad rap sometimes, but there's an entire industry out there designing bots and UAVs specifically designed to save human lives. Here we take a look at some of these machines, including Boston Dynamics' BigDog robot -- pictured above. Like a hydraulic St. Bernard, the robot can deliver emergency supplies to remote or hazardous areas over rough terrain.


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Toshiba's custom-designed two-arm underwater robot was constructed for the express purpose of removing debris and fuel rods from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, destroyed by an earthquake in March of 2011.


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Drone Systems' Scout UAS is designed to be used by the first arriving units in emergency situations. It can be deployed in under two minutes to provide aerial view of disasters or wildfires.


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The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a hybrid aerial drone that can enter flaming skyscrapers and endure flames of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius. The bot can shift from flight mode to spider mode on its own, crawling up walls to navigate narrow spaces.


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S.W.A.R.M. (

Search With Aerial RC Multirotor

) is a volunteer network of drone owners that work with authorities in search-and-rescue scenarios. Coordinated drone searches are less expensive than piloted aircraft operations, and can cover larger areas. The group has more than 1,000 members in 42 countries.


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This concept UAV from industrial designers Frog Design can be deployed in skiing areas for both avalanche prevention and rescue. The drone could carry explosives to trigger controlled avalanches, or use its thermal cameras to locate people trapped under snow.


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Another concept UAV from Frog Design, the Firestorm uses an array of advanced sensors to move through burning buildings. Powerful LED lights and a short-wave bullhorn can be used to guide survivors to safety.


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Developed by a German nonprofit, the Defikopter is designed to deliver defibrillator units to victims in remote locations. The drone can be summoned by smartphone app and uses GPS coordinates to drop the defibrillator by parachute.


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From the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre in England, the Airborne Radiation Mapping (AARM) drone carries special radiation detection payloads. Deployed into radioactive environments, the UAV can quickly determine whether a particular area is safe humans.


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Another innovative design from Boston Dynamics, the SandFlea can jump up to 30 feet in the air to overcome obstacles during reconnaissance missions. Onboard stabilizers keep the bot level while it's in flight, and the bot is accurate enough to jump directly into second- or third-floor windows.


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