Soaring Spybot RoboSwift Mocks Real Birds (and Pays the Price)

The RoboSwift, built by researchers at the Delft University of Technology, is among the first flying machines with a "morphing" wing sweep. As you'll see in the video below, its wings reduce in surface area when pulled back to limit drag, the way the wings of actual fast-flying swifts do. Unlike the real birds,… » 3/06/08 9:25am 3/06/08 9:25am

Gadgets of the Future to Be Indestructible

If Paulette Prins' vision of the future is on target, future gadgets will be nearly indestructible, thanks to flexible screens and all-plastic chipsets. Prins, a Dutch researcher from Delft University of Technology, claims that plastic chipsets should be used in future tech cause they can absorb bounces, drops, and… » 3/28/07 10:48am 3/28/07 10:48am