This Terrifying Robotic Dog Has A Built-In Drone That Launches From Its Back

This Terrifying Robotic Dog Has A Built-In Drone That Launches From Its Back

The future of autonomous robots is inching ever-forward — look no further than this combination of drone and autonomous quadruped that has me both freaked out and scratching my head.

A new video illustrates a new concept for robo-drones. Remember Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Having a little quadcopter attached to your ground robot could have many advantages. For example, the quadcopter could take to the the air to do visual recon. Or it could be deployed to retrieve something that’s out of reach for the ground bot. Perhaps one day we’ll use this frankendrone for more mundane purposes, like retrieving cats from trees.

Future: We await you.

[IEEE Spectrum via Popular Mechanics]