Matt Case - April 24th, 2024 - 5:32am PDT 

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a blend of futuristic robotics and practical utility, an Ohio-based tech company has introduced a robot dog equipped with a flamethrower, named the "Thermonator." Priced under $10,000, this mechanical beast can launch flames as far as 30 feet, and is available to the general public despite being originally designed for military purposes.

    The company pitches the "Thermonator" not only as a deterrent for noisy neighbors but also as a novel solution for clearing snow from driveways. The introduction of such a powerful tool raises questions about safety and the appropriate uses of militarized technology in civilian settings.