The Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, lovingly abbreviated as CUPID, could be the future of private security. The CUPID is a security drone that is being built by Texas firm Chaotic Moon. CUPID was shown off at South by Southwest (SXSW).
CUPID is a hexacopter equipped with 80,000-volt taser guns (comparatively, police Tasers don’t exceed 50,000 volts) that was built by Chaotic Moon to showcase what drones could possibly used for in the near future. Chaotic Moon’s plan for the drone is something like a computerized security drone. The company says that the proposed final iteration wouldn’t be fully-autonomous, rather, the drone would activate after an intruder crosses a line, snap a photo to the owner and the owner would eventually get the final say whether or not the intruder gets tased.
This is all goes beyond the demo that Chaotic Moon showed at SXSW though. CUPID, in its current form, is completely app controlled; no autonomous activation, no warning, just a smartphone-controlled hexacopter that can shoot its taser guns. Although, CUPID’s creators do say that it would only require minimal changes to get to its final iteration.
CUPID is something that should leave a pit in everyone’s stomach. We’re no longer talking about science fiction dystopias where police drones roam around, these are real. And that’s why Chaotic Moon developed CUPID, not because they want to sell them (they stated no plans to, at least), but because they wanted a conversation to start about how drones are going to exist in the real world.
So, are you talking yet?
Source: The Verge