The origami Japanese art form was conceived to take advantage of paper’s flexibility to take the shape of many different things or beings. Drones were made to do many things such as highly sensitive espionage or less covert things such as taking aerial footage for movies or GPS systems. These two had flexibility in common so maybe that’s why this marriage of ideas worked out.
The Origami Drone is a compact, foldable drone that can take flight within a second after activation. According to a report by LiveScience;Dario Floreano, head researcher of the project, stats that a main benefit the drone could bring would be to take photographs during calamities and make contact with stragglers in disaster zones.
The project that is based in Switzerland at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) is looking to debut the drone at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle on May 25.