This Glass Room Lets You Float Over of One of the Alps' Highest Peaks

The Aiguille du Midi, or Needle of the South, has been home to the terrifying highest vertical ascent cable car in the world for three decades. But this month, it's stepping up its scaring-the-wits-out-of-tourists game—with a glass box that hangs over the yawning void next to the peak. » 12/23/13 8:00pm 12/23/13 8:00pm

Soar Through the Alps With This Interactive Video of a Wingsuit Flight

Taking flight with a wingsuit is probably the scariest thing I can think of doing. And that's part of the reason why this interactive video of German crazy person Beni Kälin jumping off a Swiss mountaintop is so cool. It feels like you're flying—except without the risk of dying part. » 10/08/13 5:20pm 10/08/13 5:20pm

Watch the Alps Fly By Underneath You in Just Five Seconds

The Alps stretch 750 miles across Europe with numerous peaks topping 13,000 feet. The stiff winds blowing through their passes makes an Alpine UAV crossing nearly as impossible as it was during the Second Punic War. But one plucky micro-drone has just achieved that feat, flying through the Alps in just 23 minutes. But… » 9/05/13 1:29pm 9/05/13 1:29pm

A Terrifying Staircase To Nowhere Provides Dizzying Views Of the Alps

Apparently, stunning views of one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in the world aren't enough for visitors of the Dachstein Glacier resort in Austria. So the facility has installed a 14-step 'staircase to nothing' leading to a glass-bottomed viewing platform that juts out from the side of the glacier, and a… » 7/09/13 1:00pm 7/09/13 1:00pm

This Stunning Steel Centerpiece Is Made from the Mountain It's Modeled…

Tucked amidst the Mont Blanc Mountain Range, the picturesque Aosta Valley is among the most pristine places on Earth. But rather than trek all the way to the Italian Alps, you can gaze upon the region's natural beauty through this 1:2193 scale stainless steel serving tray from Alessi. » 2/26/13 6:40pm 2/26/13 6:40pm

Alpine Capsule Is Probably Aliens' Favorite Refuge on Earth

Something weird must be going on in the Alps, because alien structures » 11/17/08 10:45am 11/17/08 10:45am keep popping up like circles in the English crops people insist on . Take this shiny Alpine Capsule, a beautiful—if not eerie—26-feet in diameter mountain shelter designed by Studio Lovegrove that seems to be made of mercury. In reality, the…

Alps Trackpad Senses Your Hovering Fingers, Weird Gestures

Alps Electronics has decided to take the occasionally annoying sensitivity of some capacitive trackpads to a new extreme, demoing a technology that can accurately sense fingers without coming in direct contact with them. The system is able to sense movements at an admittedly modest range of 3cm, from which distance… » 9/26/08 5:05am 9/26/08 5:05am

Alien Secret Base Discovered in the Alps Is Actually Medical Center…

First an alien mothership stranded in the desert » 8/17/08 8:12am 8/17/08 8:12am, and now a whole extraterrestrial homebase right in the heart of the Alps, where at 15,000 feet and . Fortunately for earthlings, it's just a concept for a medical center for rehabilitation of trauma surgery patients designed by Sarah Schneider. Seeing how outwordly…

Avalanche Simulator Ride: The Thrill of Being Crushed By Tons of Snow

The ski resort of Les Deux Alps wants to give visitors a chance to experience what it is like to be caught in an avalanche and learn how to survive without all of that messy "white death" business. The "Robocoaster," as it is called, was the brainchild of of local businessman Marc Dode, who lost a friend in an… » 12/21/07 6:30pm 12/21/07 6:30pm