Flamethrowing Robot Dog Goes on Sale

The design is available to consumers in every U.S. state except Maryland

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

April 26, 2024

1 Min Read
A still of the Thermonator robot shooting flames

An Ohio-based flamethrower manufacturer has released what it said is the world’s first flame-throwing robot dog, capable of shooting flames up to 30 feet.

In a demonstration video, Throwflame’s ‘Thermonator’ robot is seen walking through a forest with a flamethrower on its back projecting in turn a laser beam, a torch light and finally a plume of flame.

The remote-controlled design can be operated using a smartphone, and it uses lidar for navigation and to direct the flame’s projection.

As per the video description, Thermometer uses the company’s ARC Flamethrower to “deliver on-demand fire anywhere!”

Throwflame has not advertised its new design as a weapon but pitched it as having possible uses in wildlife control, agricultural burns or snow and ice removal. 

The quadruped robot is available to buy for just under $10,000 in every U.S. state aside from Maryland, which bans the use of flamethrowers.

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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