Drones used by emergency departments need to have a certain set of skills. Firefighters for example would require a drone that can stand the heat, while also being able to spot trapped people inside buildings. Police responders would require a drone with far reaching capabilities. Search and rescue officers need drones that can find people in the dark, or within the space of a large area.
It is therefore necessary for drones with these types of jobs to be adaptable to the situation. A certain drone for instance adapts very well to its current conditions. It has the capability of shifting its shape midair to fit into the terrain. It has a very flexible body, and it can easily shift from one form to the next in a split second.
The Morphing Quadrotor
This foldable drone, called the Morphing Quadrotor, draws inspiration from bird flight. A bird can adjust midair to fit into smaller passages, and readjusting after passing through. The same idea goes through this drone from the University of Zurich. It can squeeze its anatomy so it can fit in smaller gaps.
This makes the Morphing Quadrotor an incredible tool to use in situations where the area is filled with debris or dangerous terrain. These scenarios include building fires, post-earthquake search, and other disaster-stricken locations that may endanger human lives.
Folded to Fit
An area may not be safe for human rescuers to explore. That is where the foldable aspect of the drone comes in. It can survey the location, squeeze into tight spaces, and check for possible survivors. All of this while having the rescuers at a safe distance, ready to make decisions if new information come to light.
Police and firefighters can also use the Morphing Quadrotor as a scout in buildings. It can fit into smaller gaps, such as windows, and provide information before responders arrive in the scene.