Researchers at JSK Lab at Tokyo University have developed a drone that can change shape while flying.

The drone is called DRAGON, which stands for “Dual-Rotor Embedded Multilink Robot with the Ability of Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Aerial Transformation”. You can actually say that DRAGON consists of a number of smaller drones that are interlinked and assume different shapes. Dragon is also provided with a system that can independently determine what form the drones should take in order to carry out certain tasks.

At present, the drone’s battery only lasts for three minutes on a charge. In the future, scientists see that they could connect up to twelve mini-drones and form an arm that could be used in, for example, repairs in places that are difficult to access for people.