You’ve all seen taser like devices built from disposable cameras. We have seen them mounted to rubber gloves, finger tips, even potato gun ammo! We had not yet seen them on a quadcopter. This was quickly remedied once we had one to play with. Meet the shockerDrone, a Parrot AR Drone with built in shocker attachment.
To add the shocker attachment, we had to reduce weight as much as possible. To do this, all stickers and extra material was removed from the “indoor” hull of the AR Drone. We chose the indoor version because it has this night light frame that extends out past the blades to protect them. This was perfect for allowing it to bump into people.
We then made two tracks with aluminum tape around the entire hull. These were connected with wire directly to the capacitor in a disposable camera. Another weight reduction was to remove all extraneous pieces of the camera. Not only did this make it lighter, but it allowed the entire circuit to be hidden inside the hull. Only a little bit of carving was necessary to make enough space.
As you can see in the video, it does supply a shock, but not a strong enough one to knock you down. Our brave subject [Jared] got hit a few times and seemed to survive the ordeal. Then again, he’s an electrician and has probably had worse at his day job. I accidentally cradled it in my arm thinking it was discharged and ended up with a full and fairly prolonged discharge that broke the skin. You can see a picture of that down below.
I had an idea that a fun game would be “grab the dollar bill off of the shockerDrone”, but the AR Drone isn’t quite as nimble as some other devices we’ve seen and people were able to just snatch the dollar bill without much chance of being shocked.