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This drone has arms and could lift a toddler

The PD6B-AW-ARM drone from Prodrone is marketed as the first with dual robotic arms. It can lift up to 22 pounds. (Prodrone)

A Japanese firm has built an aerial drone with two arms and hawklike talons that is capable of lifting objects that weigh as much as 22 pounds.

That’s roughly the weight of a 1-year-old, although you really should not use drones to transport a child or any other living thing. Seriously.

Japan-based Prodrone is marketing the PD6B-AW-ARM as the world’s first large-format drone with dual robotic arms. The hovering robot weighs 44 pounds and can fly for up to 30 minutes.

“Up to now the industrial and commercial drone market has focused on using drones for photography and filming, mapping, surveying, spraying pesticides, etc., but there is increasingly strong demand for drones to be able to directly perform specific ‘hands-on’ operations,” the company said in a statement.

You can watch the vaguely terrifying drone in action below.

The PD6B-AW-ARM drone, said to be the world's first dual robot-armed large format drone, can lift heavy objects and perform detailed tasks. (Video: Reuters)