Researchers from the University of Tokyo have teamed up with members of the Japan Origami Airplane Association to develop a paper aircraft capable of surviving the flight from the International Space Station to the Earth?s surface.
Seriously. A super-paper-aeroplane that can withstand re-entry.
At the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, a research team led by professor Shigeki Toyama has developed a wearable power-assist robot suit designed to boost the strength of farmers working in the field.
Their plan is to have it out for retail within four years, for under USD $10,000. All of which may not sound all that ludens — but if they can bring it in under $10K (their target is $4500), then all kind of mad modders, dorkbots and circuitbenders are going to get hold of that thing and do strange things with it.
Launching a paper aeroplane from a space station: that’s a playful future. One day, that plane might be caught by some laughing welder girl doing powersuit Le Parkour over Shibuya.
Both links from the rather fantastic Pink Tentacle.