The InterDrone show looks promising this year. One of the exhibitors is unveiling “the world’s first dual robot arm large-format drone”. Prodrone has developed a UAV with six propellers and two robotic arms that can lift up to 10kg! #actionmagic
The latest Prodrone model looks like a spider with two extra, 5-axis grasping arms. These pick up and carry any object that’s lighter than 10 kg (22 lb).
While most companies are working on their 4k cameras and social sharing features, Prodrone is focusing its efforts on giving drones something to do. By adding two arms to the UAV, they’re not just making this drone delivery-ready, but capable of moving heavy objects, unlike what we’ve seen so far from Amazon.
Still, this extra weight counts when you’re up in the sky, moving at speeds of 60 km/h (37 mph) like Prodrone’s PD6B-AW-ARM model does. That’s why the company has been working on their own, mysterious stabilizing feature that should keep the drone on course, like in the demo above.
Specs also reveal a max. altitude of 5,000 m (16,404 ft) and a flying time of 30 minutes before having to recharge. That’s pretty impressive. In fact, if the drone performs as advertised, then the Japanese company could hit the jackpot. The only thing that could make it less consumer-friendly would be the price, so far kept under wraps.