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Origami-Inspired Delivery Drones

EPFL Lab's Delivery Drone Can Be Folded When Not in Use

— September 14, 2017 — Tech
Methods of aerial delivery offer numerous advantages, however, the protective cages that enclose the parcel-carrying drones are often bulky and difficult to maneuver, which is why the EPFL laboratory created an origami-inspired delivery drone that can be folded when it's not in use.

Drones need to be larger in order to safely carry larger parcels -- a concept that poses a problem when considering realistic storage options. To combat this, EPFL's drone can be neatly folded, freeing up valuable space when not in the air. When in motion, the strong, but flexible carbon fiber cage serves as a protective shield, ensuring a package gets from point A to point B, regardless of the terrain.
Trend Themes
1. Foldable Delivery Drones - The trend of foldable delivery drones provides opportunities for efficient storage and transportation of goods.
2. Origami-inspired Designs - The trend of origami-inspired designs can lead to the development of innovative products with flexible yet sturdy structures.
3. Protective Drone Cages - The trend of developing protective drone cages can lead to the creation of durable and safe delivery drones for various industries.
Industry Implications
1. Logistics - Foldable delivery drones and protective cages can disrupt the logistics industry by providing efficient and cost-effective delivery solutions.
2. E-commerce - The development of innovative delivery drones can revolutionize the e-commerce industry by offering faster and more reliable product delivery.
3. Agriculture - The protection offered by the carbon fiber cages can lead to the use of delivery drones for transporting crops and seeds, potentially revolutionizing the agriculture industry.
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