A tech company debuted its new 80,000-volt stun gun-equipped drone at SXSW over the weekend, and tested it on one unfortunate intern.
Chaotic Moon gave a demonstration of its newest design prototype of the Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone (CUPID) at the Austin, Texas interactive, music and film festival, where it left the brave volunteer motionless on the ground in just a few seconds.
“We thought a lot about how could this be used,” Chaotic Moon co-founder William Hurley told The Verge. “Perhaps there’s a raid on a house and somebody runs. Why send somebody with a gun chasing him down the alley? The drone could just go and detain them and then you could just go and pick them up.”
While most police tasers use a 50,000-volt charge, CUPID’s stun gun packs an 80,000-volt punch, and is controlled easily via a smartphone app.
The drone’s charge is so powerful it emits an electromagnetic pulse capable of frying all electronic devices within 4 to 5 feet of the stun gun. The drone itself is shielded against electronic interference.
Potentially frightening design elements yet-to-come include an autopilot, tracking device and facial recognition software — none of which were on display at the conference.