Watch this crazy shape-shifting drone transform in mid-air

DRAGON drone video

When you think of a drone, you probably imagine a small machine with four propellers and a camera strapped to the bottom. That's what most consumer drones look like, but the team at JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo have built a fascinating new drone they call DRAGON, which stands for "Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON." No, that is not a joke. It's really called that.

As IEEE Spectrum explains, the drone is made up of several smaller modules, powered by ducted fans and attached to one another by hinged joints, giving the drone the ability to transform while in motion. Each of the modules can roll and pitch in virtually any direction, which means the drone can snake through the smallest of openings.

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