Currently, most consumer drones only have four high-speed propellors with which to wreak havoc on the humans walking below. But if we attached metal claws to amateur-piloted quadcopters, just imagine all the accidents fun we could have.
Rather than using a heavy, expensive motor-powered claw, Ben Kardoosh’s design relies on gravity to open the device and then hold on to whatever it picks up. It hangs from a Kevlar cord underneath the drone, and doesn’t have anything by the way of controls or wiring: just lower it onto your object, hope it sticks, and fly away. At 20 grams for the lightest version, it’s a payload that should be easy to add to most consumer drones.
There’s a trio of different claw designs: the cheapest, at $40 (£26.50), is made of aluminium; a more hardcore model, made from stainless steel, is perfect for “picking up a 2kg hot coal covered in acid”; the $200 (£132) version is the same, but finished in silver plate.