For all those who are tired of dealing with those pesky cumbersome drones: finally, here’s one that can fold up and fit in your pocket.
The little, origami-inspired quadcopters can unfold and deploy themselves in half a second, Live Science reports.
Dario Floreano, who led the research on the drone, told Live Science, “You can take it out of the box, switch on the motor, and it’s ready to fly.”
Researchers say they could be used to take photographs and make contact with survivors in disaster zones.
Future models of these drones will be lighter with stronger arms that could withstand crashes, according to Mashable. The current prototype has been patented and will debut May 25 at a robotics conference in Seattle.