Today in Terrifying Drones: A Quadcopter With a Claw for Snatching

By Alexis C. Madrigal

A novel fear enters the nightmares of modern life: being snatched from above by a robot with an eagle-like talon.

Most days, American military drones engaged in combat across the world are scary enough. But some days, swarms of little drones are scarier. Other days it's drones with really, really high-resolution cameras. Or drones deployed by Homeland Security.

Today, The Verge brings word of a novel kind of drone behavior, as freaky as the last. This unmanned aerial vehicle has a claw dangling beneath it designed -- like an eagle talon -- for snatching stuff at high speed. We're talking "pickup velocities" of two to three meters per second, or 7 miles 380 miles per hour! Which is a little less terrifying.  

Take a look at the video. I don't think my anti-drone hoodie  -- or scarf -- would save me.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/03/today-in-terrifying-drones-a-quadcopter-with-a-claw-for-snatching/274073/