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The Everfly APSARA drone is an origami-like disposable drone made to deliver essential supplies in a humanitarian or disaster situation. Still haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► ABOUT WIRED WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture. This Drone is Designed to Save Lives Then Disappear | WIRED
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Luke Yarnall (4 hours ago)
Dislike was 999 so I just made it 1k
kim Jung Adkins (5 hours ago)
Just put a parachute on a box
Gamer Pro (9 hours ago)
999 dislikes¿?
puteypie (2 days ago)
how can the drone deliver or they are just dropped by using a helicopter an the drone was dropped
king bilyger (3 days ago)
TMerkury (3 days ago)
Atlas WalkedAway (3 days ago)
Sooooo, a really inefficient and costly parachute?
Atlas WalkedAway (3 days ago)
Omg, you're putting gps capable electronics and batteries in it? And possibly dropping them en masse into hostile territory? Brilliant.
Hunter Hoegemeyer (5 days ago)
If you have a helicopter to drop the drone over your target destination, just land the helicopter at the destination.
panggwin (5 days ago)
What's wrong with parachute boxes again? They don't have to be super precise, I mean what, are we landing them on the roofs of houses during floods? Even then, a brightly colored parachute box that floats would get the job done being cheaper+can hold more.
Wyatt Dudgeon (6 days ago)
Not addressed? What about Zipline ( )? I feel like this is an expensive unreusable "sustainable" solution.
ThE RaGiNg GaM3R (6 days ago)
Next thing u know these cardboard things will have “2 lbs” of C4 strapped to em precisely going to there target, oh wait that exists....
theCardBoard Boxx (6 days ago)
I love this
BMW M3 (6 days ago)
I hate my engineering school even more now. I proposed this idea a year ago but with a powered plane to drop emergency supplies for my senior project and my professors told me it isn’t a good idea or a good product.
HeClearlyHasJams (7 days ago)
Medbots in real life?
Peter Peterson (8 days ago)
DURPA at it again. Taking something simple and complicating it. If they really wanted to they could find a far better way to air drop more supply. like a larger over wing glider. of if they want something that touches down softer just need to look at mimicking maple tree "helicopter" seeds. the glider plans could be better suited to the RC industry to make cheap bodies and reuse the electronics and be used for fpv. and for the front line fighters a cheaper alternative for a recon drone.
MCQP (8 days ago)
This Drone is Designed to Save Lives Then Dip
gimmie55 (9 days ago)
non of the electronics are either cheap or biodegradable which defeats the whole purpose why not use a plastic one and then reuse it, it would save money and is much better for the environment as you're not wasting the electronics and dumping batteries into the environment
Martin Tørnby (9 days ago)
Why don't they make it eatable at the same time? You think I'm joking? That I am not.
nigel rosenberg (9 days ago)
They talk about disaster relief but darpa is a military research branch and has pretty much no interest in humanitarian aid
blakdrop (10 days ago)
This is a great idea in theory, but it doesn't make sense to emphasize the biodegradable materials of the drone body yet stuff it with non-biodegradable electronics. Especially in their example use case of deploying hundreds at a time, can you imagine hundreds or thousands of electronic components littered all over a disaster/refugee zone?
Jens Cocquyt (10 days ago)
a lipo and some rc electronics very biodegradable
10000 subscribers no video challenge (11 days ago)
when i hear cardboard i think of box
V9Central (11 days ago)
And what happends if it rains?????????????????????????????????///
eimb1999 (11 days ago)
What an idiotic idea.
HellCrafter5 (11 days ago)
one should make this thing RC
DarkStar (12 days ago)
1:42 - I see expensive and definitely not biodegradable telemetry module, GPS, pitot tube, battery, etc.
Lazurkri (12 days ago)
Hmmm. I can see a better usage;deniable weaponry. Put a few pounds of PETN or ANFO in this and fly into some Islamic fuckwit, and the evidence would go up in smoke!
Guilherme Dal molin (12 days ago)
How many points do I need for this Score-Streak?...
Sean Smithy (12 days ago)
Now Spider-Man can deliver his pizzas so much faster.
kenneth lin (12 days ago)
2 characters. c4.
Reese Kim-dailey (13 days ago)
i dont think most of you guys understand that in the video that THEY CAN GET WITHIN AT LEAST 50FT and that they are made to be deployed in large amounts. stop saying that crap about parachutes
Drone Soldier (14 days ago)
Or just use a parachute.
I-Afrika Okokuqala (13 days ago)
topguy660 (14 days ago)
parachute easy solution
Zdgd Huhk (15 days ago)
The maximum payload is too small. Either use big cargo planes for bigger drops of supplies or use those octocopters for smaller drops. Does it really matter that It is bio-degradable? You are basically throwing away expensive drone equipment doing this.
PhilfreezeCH (18 days ago)
It disappears (as long as you don‘t count all electronic parts)
josh ,frogs are pretty cool (19 days ago)
i love the nintendo labo
Harshvardhan Shinde (19 days ago)
can u share blueprint of that model pls.
the meme L O R D (22 days ago)
Wierd flex but ok
Bao Huynh Gia (22 days ago)
Terroist be like hold my beer to get an emp cannon
coolguy2 (22 days ago)
coolest paper plane ever
vignesh anand (22 days ago)
All the electronics aren't biodegradable and will do damage to the environment
Don't touch my pfp (23 days ago)
Biodegradable *puts in electronics that leak acids into the soil* Ok how did this even pass the testing phases?
Lord _ Scrubington (24 days ago)
I have literally NO faith in this project. It is utterly pointless as nothing requires the sort of precision for the objective this project is designed to achieve. Furthermore, it's cargo capacity is pathetic yet it is significantly larger and harder to store than a parachute mounted box due to it's shape.
Esper (25 days ago)
The purpose is like the purpose of the "World of Walker" drone! (Alan Walker)
RRafael (25 days ago)
her teeth are whiter than people who clap after a movie ends
Zyhir Harris (26 days ago)
*Cardboard gets wet and soggy* Mission failed we'll get em next time...
Kaiser (28 days ago)
What if it rains
Arian TheGeek (29 days ago)
great idea, cuz little kids could also play with it
Super Saiyajinn (29 days ago)
Sseva (29 days ago)
mr meeseeks?
cl223 (30 days ago)
notice none of the drones actually fly. A flying wing is very unstable. This is just a crap idea.
GoldenTV3 (30 days ago)
This drone saved some lives then dipped.
Axolatol s (1 month ago)
Huh. Just like the hunting horn mains in monster hunter world. Save the party then disappear after the hunt
Brandon Huang (1 month ago)
They should make the drone have wings that can retract instead of put together
Andregovski (1 month ago)
Cuz it's easier to use and way more viable than a normal Drone...
RSB daylightdemon (1 month ago)
Now might seem really neet but it would be kind of hard to fly with planes they should make cardboard helicopter or try to at least better handling it might also have longer distances and easier to spot
Yankee Gohome (1 month ago)
Stick with cardboard! Believe me the people will be happy to use the cardboard as fuel for cooking.
dodie rules (1 month ago)
Oooo ....she's pretty
aztec eagle (1 month ago)
How bout a cheap parachute?
o DaLinx o (1 month ago)
What if vaccines break inside cardboard upon landing
Jeffrey Abare (1 month ago)
But its not bio tho all the electronics in it? Those dont biodegrate
Cool Jesus (1 month ago)
Biodegradable chutes...problem solved...
Spencer Radie (1 month ago)
I don’t see much practical application for this product tbh. Cool idea, but I feel as though it would only really be more efficient than other methods that exist in very specialized circumstances.
AsmrQueen Shivvver (1 month ago)
So this is what my hair stylist was telling me about a couple month ago oh my gosh
MonoType (1 month ago)
Nintendo would sell this for 100 dollars.
jesuslikedpie (1 month ago)
This is stupid. Why not just get a bunch of charge stations and give those to emergency workers. Then they can deliver the VACCINE with precision and not let chance or high winds push this flying pizza box off course. Come on! Think a little before you make videos like this.
Chris S (1 month ago)
Lmao food supplies that's a massive joke more like only sole purpose of this little planes is medical supplies
nazmi terstena (1 month ago)
I know a name for it: *“PAPER BOI“*
RUSKY BIAS (1 month ago)
That's some bull right there.
PugsnotDrugs (1 month ago)
This is a horribly inefficient idea.
Az 74 (1 month ago)
What emergy supplies only weight 2 pounds?
Gracie White (1 month ago)
Hunger games?
Raided Cluster Animations (1 month ago)
Yeah dropping Paper planes with valuable (kinda) electronic components for single use seems like a very good idea.... I think Diapers with a parachute would do much better!
DaChozenPoww (1 month ago)
Next project: *Cardboard Fighter Jets*
Gabe Darrett (1 month ago)
You didn't describe how or if the electronics are degradable too
JäyΔr (1 month ago)
**drops drone** *kid hits head*
Julian III Divinagracia (1 month ago)
So it only uses those wing tips as vertical stabilizers? I feel like without sufficient speed those things could never glide and would just fall
The Ting goes Skraaa (1 month ago)
The new nintendo labo kit looks awesome
beast games (1 month ago)
Like black panther the plane
Seth Bryan (1 month ago)
soooo is the hardware also biodegradable? 1:44
SUPERMAR10312 (1 month ago)
. . . I'm allergic to mushrooms
Mechsterity (1 month ago)
This drone saved lives then dipped
Aaron Hipolito (1 month ago)
can electronics biodegrade in a couple of hours?
Damian030303 (1 month ago)
Looks like German HO-229.
Name Less (1 month ago)
How are the electronics gonna decompose????
Danarogon (1 month ago)
Worst idea I've ever heard. It's "Biodegradable" except for all the freaking electronics inside, lmao.
WHITE BOY1 (1 month ago)
Watch the corrupt government of the us and UK pay like 5000 per one 😂 because it's made "better"
Samuel Mugo (1 month ago)
What's the functional use of such?
Fifteenths (1 month ago)
I’m just impressed it exists
Hungarian Adler (1 month ago)
Weeb- Desu (1 month ago)
I dont want explanation, i want to see it in action
H3ALIX l (1 month ago)
Cargo planes? Hey I have a perfect idea let's fill these drones with c4, we can win any battle with drones that navigate and explode 😍😍😍
Blobby Blobfish Gaming (1 month ago)
rima1815 Rima (1 month ago)
If these people are engineers and clever, I m a biodegradable drone...what a dumb idea they have
John Smith (1 month ago)
Lol yea delivering "aid" watch the us use theese as suucide bomber drones.
II HOODIE II (1 month ago)
Be epic if it was a war and hundreds of the drones came out of nowhere
Mason Dickinson (1 month ago)
Pause at 2:14 and look at the bottom left corner. One of the drawers says “RATSHIT STRAP” I think.
Javier Littlemore (1 month ago)
Can you buy it in fortnite tho
Springtrap exe (1 month ago)
That s the wing model rc airplane invented 1950 as a jet and not by this lady
CENCOLLER (1 month ago)
Stranded region of vegans would love on of those drone