News ID: 169027
Published: 0249 GMT September 21, 2016

Two-armed drones developed to help with hands-on tasks

Two-armed drones developed to help with hands-on tasks

Drones are good for things other than delivering pizzas and sneakers for sure. We are reading more and more about applications intended for public services, for farming, engineering and security operations too.

Technology has given drones the capabilities needed to support prospecting in mining operations, for mapping soil conditions, for gathering data on crops, for search and rescue and for security surveillance.

Now a Japanese company is making news with its new drone with arms that can grab. Tech watchers are comparing the design as resembling a drone with claws.

Prodrone Company announced a two-armed large format drone. These are robotic arms that allow the drone to do varied tasks.

The Prodrone site says "We create professional drones for you."

These are 5-axis robotic arms, said the company release.

The company says the drone can fly for up to 30 minutes. A sophisticated algorithm maintains the drone's stability.

Why did they turn to the design of a drone with arms?

"Up to now the industrial and commercial drone market has focused on using drones for photography and filming, mapping, surveying, spraying pesticides, etc., but there is increasingly strong demand for drones to be able to directly perform specific 'hands-on' operations."

The company is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan. The news release described the company as a B2B industrial drone system manufacturer.

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