These steerable paper airplanes are specially designed as a highly affordable unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to cover a given area with cheap sensors. They are so cheap and easy to manufacture that they’ll be disposable, single use items.
They haven’t realized the full potential of their creation, which is much more affordable compared to the unmanned drones.
Both are designed to help save lives in the event of a forest fire.
Prototype #1 – the Polyplane
The Polyplane it’s a paper plane, almost exactly the same design we used in school, but with a few clever upgrades.
Prototype #2 – the Samara
The Samara uses a more traditional circuit board, is one of many devices that take their design cue from nature’s effective monowing helicopter like the maple seed.