High-flying Ideas: High-tech Paper Airplane? Or Cardboard Drones?
DARPA, the arm of the U.S. Defense Department that gave us cool things like the Internet and GPS, is collaborating with Otherlab, an R&D outfit in San Francisco, to create what’s essentially a super next-level paper airplane. According to the website Big Think, the Vanishing Programmable Resources program is researching new materials and manufacturing innovations that could create a new class of vanishing electronics, including what is described as a “cheap cardboard autonomous glider that can be used to deliver supplies to remote areas and then be discarded and biodegraded.” Big Think reports the low-cost cardboard glider, which is made from readily available materials, is "ideal for delivering humanitarian payloads to regions with undeveloped infrastructure." How cool is that?