If you think it’s silly enough to attach a rifle to a robot dog, what about attaching an actual flamethrower to the dog’s back? More than just a concept, Throwflame is taking pre-orders for its quadruped robot equipped with a Thermonator flamethrower to help people who feel like their lives are incomplete without it.
As robot dogs have become more sophisticated, they have demonstrated many new capabilities. They can avoid obstacles, they can deal with the hard blows you think will knock them down, they can herd sheep, and when they have some alone time, they can do cute little dances.
However, apparently the biggest concern for some people is, when did they start running around with flamethrowers?
The answer is now. For a while now, Throwflame has been known for offering a range of very unique flamethrowers, and even sells one mounted on a rotorcraft drone. The company added Thermonator to the lineup, which combines a quadruped robot dog with its modular electric ARC flamethrower that burns gasoline or a gasoline/diesel mixture, allowing the robot to spray flames about 30 feet (10 m). )30 seconds.
The robotic part of this mobile cigar lighter has not been officially confirmed, but it appears to be the Unitree GO1, made by Unitree Robotics. It has four legs with 12 degrees of freedom and can walk, run, climb stairs, avoid obstacles, handle rough terrain, sit and lie down. It also has artificial intelligence for navigation and tracking or following humans.
Add a flamethrower, which can also scare the hell out of them.
Thermostats may be rated on cooling tables, but there is a practical side to this shenanigan, too. Flamethrowers are used to kill weeds, burn crop residues, controlled burns in forest management, and other tasks that can be unpleasant or even downright dangerous, so handing that job over to robots has its advantages.
The Thermonator is available for pre-order and will ship later this year. While the ARC flamethrower is $699 on its own and the GO1 is $2,700, no offers are available.
The video below shows the thermostat applying some heat.
source: throw flames