As personal drones become increasingly affordable and ever more capable, the issue of privacy becomes all the more important. Australian company DroneShield thinks it may have an ideal solution to unwanted aerial invaders — and it’s surprisingly gentle.
Laws pertaining to the use of drones are still evolving, and can differ from country to country and state to state, but a general rule of thumb is to avoid flying them over other people, their property, or near aircraft. Even so, intrusive drones can be a real issue not just for members of the public but for businesses and government organisations — and it’s a problem that’s difficult to combat, given that these unwanted aerial visitors are usually dozens of feet up in the air.
Enter DroneShield, the Sydney-based company behind the DroneGun, an imposing, futuristic rifle that can take drones down in mere seconds in a way that you might not expect.
Rather than launching an enormous net or simply blasting hovering menaces out of the sky, DroneGun jams communication between the drone and its pilot, forcing the device to return to the ground. The gun can even be used to tell the drone in its sights to fly home, making it easier for security teams on the ground to pinpoint the location of the pilot — though they’ll have a bit of ground to cover, since the DroneGun can bring down drones from distances as great as 2 km (1.25 miles).
Although DroneShield won’t be selling the product to the general public, on paper at least DroneGun looks to be a clever, responsible solution to the issue of intrusive or inconsiderate drone pilots. By not physically damaging the drone itself, DroneGun helps avoid potential lawsuits filed by disgruntled drone owners whose costly gadget might have been smashed to pieces by overzealous security personnel, and also allows those whose privacy has been potentially infringed upon to, having retrieved the working drone, find out exactly what its owner may have been peeping at through its on-board camera. Plus, let’s be honest here, the DroneGun looks seriously badass…