Folding drones are becoming an increasingly popular design considering the advantages they bring to the table in terms of compactness and portability, which is precisely why a group of scientists and engineers working out of EPFL's Laboratory of Intelligent Systems have gone ahead and developed a robot with a brilliant folding mechanism inspired by the unique folding mechanisms of beetles' wings.
This particular folding drone's wingspan is over 40 percent less when its folded. What's more, the wings themselves can be unfolded in only a single movement even though their pattern is incredibly complicated. The drone can be flown by simply tossing it into the air.
This folding drone's compactness and design make it an excellent option for search-and-rescue and military applications.