Want 'fire on demand'? Then get yourself a 'Thermonator' robodog

The Boring Company's flamethrower is cool and all, but what you really want is a robotic dog with a back-mounted flamethrower.
Christopher McFadden
It is pretty cool to be fair.


If you thought Elon Musk's Boring Company flamethrower was ridiculous enough, there is now an even more outlandish flamer product you need to see.

A company called Throwflame is taking preorders for a new robotic dog called the "Thermonator."

A quadrupedal robot, the gadget's unique selling point is its back-mounted ARC flamethrower.

Advertised as being able to "deliver on-demand fire anywhere," the Thermonator is certainly an interesting item.

It can unleash flame up to 30 feet

The flamethrower has a range, allegedly, of 30 feet (just over 9 meters); the walking flamethrower is not explicitly being promoted as a weapon. "The 'Thermonator' is the first-ever flamethrowing quadruped robot dog. This quadruped is equipped with the ARC Flamethrower to create your ultimate firepower companion," explains Throwflame.

Throwflame is a company that has gained recognition for its compact all-electric flamethrowers, utilizing a push-button plasma ARC igniter instead of an open flame. Due to the strict EULA enforced by Boston Dynamics with "Spot," the "Thermonator" is built on the Unitree Go1 quadruped robot instead. Although smaller and lighter than "Spot," the Go1 still incorporates numerous cameras and sensors, enabling it to navigate autonomously without being controlled wirelessly.

On the "Thermonator," there is an ARC Flamethrower installed by the company, which can produce a long stream of burning fuel for up to 45 minutes using the largest capacity battery. The flamethrower also comes with quad rails that allow it to be mounted to pretty much anything, including a tripod, rifle, and, of course, a robot dog. It also comes with various accessories, including extended fuel capacity, wireless remote triggers, and pressure pad triggers.

The Go1 robot from Unitree weighs approximately 26 pounds (11.8 kg) without any modifications. However, with the added flamethrower upgrades, the "Thermonator's" weight increases to around 60 pounds (27.2 kg), which may affect the robot's operational time before requiring a battery replacement.

We don't know the price yet

Although the "Thermonator" is not currently available for purchase, interested individuals can visit Throwflame's website to sign up for email notifications regarding the product's release. The anticipated shipping date is set for the third quarter of 2023.

The cost of the "Thermonator" has not yet been disclosed, but the Unitree Go1's price ranges from $2,700 to $3,500, depending on the configuration, and the ARC Flamethrower costs between $699 and $899. So, a rough combination of these figures should give you a ballpark figure when it is officially up for sale.

However, and it really shouldn't need to be said, this is potentially a dangerous thing to use without due care and attention. We hope any sold units are used responsibly.

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