The biggest fear of those concerned about the rise of aerial drones is their ability to silently and remotely rain death from the sky, but one company is trying to go the other way, an aerial drone that can hunt you down and "detain" you with 80,000 volts of electricity. Meet the stun gun drone.
Debuting at South By Southwest this past weekend, the stun gun drone was developed by Chaotic Moon Studios, who invited Popular Science to view a "live demonstration" of the drone in action. Of course, by live demonstration they mean a fun game of let's stun the intern.
The drone operates under the name CUPID, short for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone. If the name alone doesn't strike fear into your heart, here's a description of what exactly CUPID is capable of:
[The drone] can find a subject and it can send you live video to a phone and ask you whether it should authorize a subject or detain them. If you elect to detain a subject, the drone drops into fully autonomous mode, where it can detain a subject until police arrive, if need be stunning them with 80,000 volts of electricity to render them incapacitated.
"Fully autonomous mode." "Render them incapacitated." These are descriptions of a drone that does. not. mess. around.