Shapeshifting seems to be the new trend in drone design. The ability to change shape while still in flight opens up many possibilities for the future of drones. For one, this means the drone can change its overall size. The drone can then squeeze itself to fit in smaller entrances, achieving access where it was once unable. Meet the FSTAR drone.
This ability is extremely useful for emergency responders such as firefighters and police. In case of burning buildings or fallen property, it may be too dangerous for people to search. A drone that can squeeze through small openings can provide data, while keeping the people at a distance. This enhances personnel safety, while still being able to gather data.
FSTAR Drone Review
The FSTAR is the latest drone with shapeshifting capabilities. It is still in its infancy; experimental phases still working out the efficiency. Although it is already showing a bit of progress, being able to change shape mid-air, climb walls, and drive on land. The FSTAR drone is an excellent all-in-one reconnaissance tool, as it can navigate through most obstacles. It can drive through pavements, and launch itself to the air in an instant.
Design and Limitations
The FSTAR’s design makes it capable of navigating both air and land. It is a quadcopter with added wheels on the opposite side of the rotors. This means that the FSTAR can simply ‘bend’ its arms to provide the wheels with the proper angle for movement. Its wheels are made of plastic and do not have any rubber padding. This would indicate that it might not fare well on rugged terrain, although tests on smooth floors gave hopeful results.
The prototype for the FSTAR is also naked; lacking any exterior defense for its circuitry. This makes it very vulnerable to water, as well as other obstacles which can damage the parts.