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A hovering robot DRAGON that shape-shifts in flight

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At JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo, roboticists have developed a robot called DRAGON, which (obviously) stands for for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” It’s a modular flying robot powered by ducted fans that can transform literally on the fly, from a square to a snake to anything in between, allowing it to stretch out to pass through small holes and then make whatever other shape you want once it’s on the other side.

DRAGON’s modular parts are connected by joints that let it reconfigure. See it carefully maneuver in the air in the silent video above.

Related videos from the recent past: ChainFORM, robot modules that can transform, modular, self-assembling robots from EPFL and MIT, and more flying robots.

via spectrum.ieee.org.

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