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How to Turn a Drone Into a Vicious Flying Stungun of Doom

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See those silver stripes around the circumference of this Parrot AR drone? They're not there for decoration or style. They're actually strips of aluminum tape that's wired into a capacitor from a disposable camera's flash. Which means that when—not if—this drone bumps into someone, they're going to get a particularly unpleasant shock as you can see what happened to its creator's arm.

And if you've ever been at the controls of one of these flying drones, you'll know that piloting it around a room without bumping into anything—or anyone—takes quite a bit of practice. So if you're a novice pilot, trying this hack yourself is just about the stupidest thing you can do. Unless you record the results and post it to YouTube for everyone's enjoyment. [Hack a Day via Technabob]

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You know what bugs me? People who use "Taser" as a verb (bloggers I'm looking at you), the correct word would be "Tase" as in "The police officer tased the suspect" or "Don't tase me, bro". Would you say a laser that is operating is lasering? No, you would say the laser is lasing. Also: people who spell Taser with a 'z' and people who call stun guns 'Tasers'. Anyway, it's kind of a moot point since 'Taser' is a brand name (if you want to get really anal you can refer to it as an 'electroshock weapon').

/rant