Watching the video of this origami inspired folding drone in action is impressive to say the least. Stefano Mintchev and Dario Floreano at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems have created what could be the reference design for future compact drones that are designed to work in large swarms.
A compact, foldable drone inspired by origami can unfold itself automatically and take flight within a fraction of a second.
Hordes of these quadcopters, which are about the size of an outstretched palm, could be released over a disaster zone to take photographs and make contact with survivors, researchers say.
Here is the video: