22/09/2015 12:42 BST | Updated 22/09/2015 12:59 BST

Scientists Create "Frankenstein" Robotic Dog That Powers Drones

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have created, what might be the weirdest robot we have ever seen: a robotic dog that can, rather terrifyingly, launch drones from its back.

We told you it was weird.

The Frankenstein Quadruped has a quadcopter tethered to its back that can take off and land with perfect precision.

According to Popular Mechanics, the dog is programmed to have different gaits helping it move around in various environments.

The machine was on display at IEEE’s mega robotics conference and while its creators have not suggested what the bot could be used for, we can think of plenty of reasons -- namely, taking up prime position as The Terminator's pet hound.


On a more serious note however, US military are already exploring the idea of using four-legged bots to see how they can help out in the field.

According to Ars Technica the Marine Corps in Virginia have tested a "160-pound quadruped robot" during a series of drills involving the infantry.