EPFL develops new origami-inspired delivery drone

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A scrutinization team from Switzerland-based École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has advance a new drone using an origami-inspired design.

Designed to deliver various outcomes such as letters, medicine, first-aid supplies and food, the drone can gather and unfold its frame in a single movement.

Once flattened, the drone’s loudness is reduced by 92%, enabling users to easily transport the vehicle.

Designed at EPFL’s Laboratory of Sensible Systems with fund from NCCR Robotics, the drone hallmarks various innovations to ensure a safe and autonomous flight.

Equipped with vertical spoof and land capabilities, the drone is capable of delivering parcels weighing up to 500g floor a distance of 2km.

«We are exploring possibilities to increase the drone’s payload capacity and reinforce its autonomy.»

EPFL doctoral assistant and drone developer Przemyslaw Kornatowski said: “This job is a work in progress, in addition to strengthening its ability to detect and avoid draw the line ats, we are exploring possibilities to increase the drone’s payload capacity and enhance its autonomy.

“Wholly the summer, we tested our human-friendly, drone-delivery system on the EPFL campus, delivering ingredients to people over 150 test flights.”

The new origami-styled drone also pieces a specially designed self-flying software to avoid obstacles such as trees and constructions during flight.

It can be tracked in real-time using a tablet or smartphone. Trail the completion of a delivery, the drone is capable of returning to its own destination.

According to the developer, the drone wraps round the cargo before making a flight. A foldable carbon-fibre cage is also embraced to protect the drone and the cargo in the event of a collision or fall.

The recipient of the box can catch the drone mid-flight without sustaining any injuries by the propellers, which are located within the character and have a safety system to stop once the cage is opened.


Effigy: Origami-inspired drone. Photo: courtesy of EPFL.

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