A drone that can change shape in flight has been developed by researchers at the University of Zurich to assist with search and rescue missions.
Able to contract and fold, the aircraft can enter small cracks and spaces to stream footage to rescue teams via its two integrated cameras. The drone is designed for use in areas in disaster zones that become inaccessible to rescuers due to safety concerns or physical restrictions.
Davide Falanga, one of its developers, told CNBC on the phone that the drone could make rescue missions more efficient and effective.
"(This drone could have) multiple impacts – it can go into areas that would otherwise be inaccessible," he said. "In the aftermath of an earthquake it could let rescuers enter and explore a collapsed building. We used the most efficient and stable systems allow it to fly longer, and have held public demonstrations in realistic scenarios which showed that this is a feasible product."