A self-piloting stun-copter may seem like just the latest high-tech toy for nerd bros – and it is – but it’s also the first step in designing an automated, unmanned security system with immediate response times. The Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, or CUPID, is an autonomous flight unit to video patrol designated areas, identify potential intruders and notify security personnel. Once the intruder is identified and confirmed, CUPID takes aim. We invited select members of the press to a secure, private demo during SXSW to see the first prototype in action.

**While CUPID is programmed for fully-autonomous flight and weapons deployment, legal said we couldn’t stun the intern in front of 50 members of the media without manual piloting, along with a few other safety precautions.