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Remember that flamethrower-wielding robot dog? It's now available for anyone to own at less than $10k


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Last year, Ohio-based company Throwflame unveiled the Thermonator, a flamethrower-equipped robot dog. This innovative product, touted as the first of its kind, is now available for purchase at a price of $9,420.

 

The Thermonator is a quadruped robot that comes with an ARC flamethrower mounted on its back. This flamethrower, which can be fueled by gasoline or napalm, is capable of shooting flames up to 30 feet. The robot dog is equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing it to be remotely controlled through a smartphone. It also features a LIDAR sensor for mapping and obstacle avoidance, laser sighting, and first-person view (FPV) navigation through an onboard camera.

 

Interestingly, the Thermonator appears to integrate a version of the Unitree Go2 robot quadruped, a consumer-level bionic companion. The ARC flamethrower, a product of Throwflame, is attached to the back of the Thermonator. This flamethrower can be purchased separately for up to $899.

 

Throwflame envisions a variety of applications for the Thermonator, including wildfire control and prevention, agricultural management, ecological conservation, snow and ice removal, and even entertainment and special effects. However, it’s worth noting that flamethrowers can also double as weapons or potentially start wildfires. In the US, flamethrowers are legally unregulated in 48 states and are not considered firearms by federal agencies.

 

This development comes after Elon Musk made headlines in 2018 for offering an official Boring Company flamethrower that reportedly sold 10,000 units in 48 hours. The Thermonator, with its unique combination of robotics and flamethrowing capabilities, seems set to ignite a similar buzz in the market.

 

 

How will the availability of such devices shape our future? Will they prove to be useful tools or pose new challenges? We invite you to share your thoughts on this fiery topic.

 

 

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