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Thermonator, a robot dog equipped with a flamethrower, is currently available for purchase

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Thermonator, a robot dog equipped with a flamethrower, is currently available for purchase

Ohio-based company Throwflame has introduced a unique product onto the market this week: Thermonator, a four-legged robot equipped with a flamethrower. Despite its seemingly dystopian premise, Thermonator offers a range of functionalities, including the ability to project flames up to 30 feet, controlled remotely via WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity from a smartphone. It boasts an hour of battery life and utilizes lidar technology to navigate its surroundings.

Throwflame highlights various potential applications for Thermonator, such as removing ice and snow, aiding in wildfire management, and assisting with agricultural tasks. While the concept of a fire-spewing robot aiding in wildfire management may raise eyebrows initially, it aligns with prescribed burn methods used by organizations like the National Park Service.

However, Throwflame also suggests “entertainment” as a possible use for the robot, adding an element of novelty to its functionality. Despite its hefty price tag of $9,420, Thermonator is legally available for purchase in 48 U.S. states.

While Thermonator shares similarities with Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot in appearance, its primary function appears to be centered around its flamethrowing capabilities. Notably, the sale and use of flamethrowers, although not outright banned in many states, can carry legal and safety implications.

Throwflame’s previous advertisement of Thermonator, along with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company’s sale of flamethrowers in 2018, have drawn attention to the legal complexities surrounding such devices. Despite the lack of specific information regarding potential legal repercussions for Thermonator purchasers, previous incidents indicate the possibility of fines and other penalties for unauthorized use.

As of now, there are no reported security measures in place for Thermonator purchases, highlighting potential concerns regarding its distribution and usage.