Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have created several modular drones, which can assemble themselves into different shapes during the flight. This function will allow creating universal quadcopters of simple design.
The technology is called ModQuad. So far, it is being tested on a variety of drones.
The creators’ goal is to improve the system to subsequently give up expensive devices that perform only one task. As an alternative, a lot of compact drones that can independently change to certain shapes would be used.
Specialists note that there’s a possibility of creating similar devices, only larger, in the future. In prospect, they will be able to connect, for example, to make bridges.
ModQuad is made after a fashion of ant or bee colonies, in which collective effort helps move large objects.
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