High-flying Ideas: High-tech Paper Airplane? Or Cardboard Drones?

Paper airplanes

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?