Done any swashbuckling lately? Want to try it in the sky? Look no further than this handmade sailing ship kite, which takes flight on sails made of nylon on a ship made of bamboo.
Targeting the lucrative markets of agoraphobes, those with sun allergies, and residents of windless cities, Takara Tomy has created an indoor kite that majestically soars as high as the ceiling—with sufficient cranking, that is.
Trying something a bit different for a change, the folks at Google Earth sent camera-tethered balloons and kites into the sky to see what kind of images could be captured sans satellite. The results are beautiful, in superhigh resolution.
Kites? Kites aren't that cool. You know what's cool? Kites with freaking LED lights and fireworks attached to them—that's cool! And that's what's in this video: a bunch of cool kites with cool lights and fireworks galore. Enjoy.
Frank Taylor is sailing around the world, using a kite to take aerial photographs of the places he visits. In many cases, his photos are better than the ones in Google Earth. So Google's replacing its old shots with Frank's.
Less than two months after being unfurled in space, Japan's IKAROS solar sail accomplished its ambitious aim—becoming the first spacecraft to travel in space, powered by the sun. Now, it's demonstrated its fine steering ability.
Good news for the Little Japanese Solar Sail That Could, as the first images of the solar sail spread out in full deployment have been snapped. All is going according to plan, says the space agency, and "flying" looks possible.
The 20meter (diagonally) solar sail Ikaros we mentioned last month has been successfully unfurled in space by its Japanese team. Now it's a waiting game to see if it can be used for solar-powered travel as planned.
A remote-controlled helicopter, powered by the wind? Well, not exactly. This wind-powered helicopter is more kite than copter, and it needs a pretty stiff wind of at least 13mph to stay aloft.
Very rarely is a simple idea, like this, able to wow my pants off. But I can safely say that my pants are now around my ankles. It is a kite, that looks like the traditional black mouse cursor. Sure, it won't be able to fly around the sky nimble and elegant, but it will make you look like the biggest—and coolest—geek…
Spring is almost here. Now while it is rainy and blustery in my neck of the woods, it is surely nice out there somewhere, right? Spend this weekend putting together your own Google Maps with a kite camera. This project could be done for less than $20 and produce some really interesting photos to boot.