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Disappearing Drones

Where we are

DARPA has been developing drones that self-destruct after performing their task and now the technology has filtered down to mega retailers, with Amazon envisioning self-destructing safety features on its delivery drones. Technologies includes polymers that vanish into a clear liquid when exposed to sunlight or heat, or biomaterials that break down naturally in a matter of days.

Where we’re going

Battle drones that vanish on command or disaster relief drones that decompose could revolutionize delivery logistics. Sections of drones that dissolve could enable them to disassemble and reassemble with a new intended purpose, or to collaborate as a swarm.

How to think about it

Think through the full lifecycle of products. In association with 4D printing and regenerative design, consider how a product can adjust over time for different requirements, including its eventual non-existence.


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