This Is Not A Photo Of A Rock

Who needs a hotel? Roadtrippers highlights this singular Swiss Alps cabin, which is tucked into a sculpture garden and looks for all the world like a giant boulder. » 12/22/14 7:00pm 12/22/14 7:00pm

How Switzerland camouflaged its ready-to-explode architecture during…

I finally had a chance to read John McPhee's book La Place de la Concorde Suisse, his somewhat off-puttingly titled 1984 look at the Swiss military and its elaborately engineered landscape defenses. » 6/19/12 8:45am 6/19/12 8:45am

Become a Tron snowboarder with this full-body LED snowsuit

In the -25C° pitch-black cold of the French Alps, filmmaker Jacob Sutton captured William Hughes shredding through the night like some radioactive snowboarder. This otherworldly glow was achieved using a full-body LED suit designed by John Spatcher. Explains Sutton of this project: » 2/16/12 12:40pm 2/16/12 12:40pm

Watch a fleet of flying robots assemble a 20-foot indoor tower

On December 2 in Orléans, France, a crew of four quadrocopters assembled a six-meter-tall tower using 1,500 foam blocks as part of the FRAC Centre's "Flight Assembled Architecture" exhibit. The project was a collaboration was helmed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, whose researchers had… » 12/03/11 8:05am 12/03/11 8:05am

Google Maps discovers mysterious sky creatures in Switzerland

Along a lonely stretch of road in Quarten, Switzerland, two strange figures and/or camera smudges survey the terrain, planning nefarious and/or blurry machinations. The figures follow the camera as it travels down the road. Some commenters on Reddit are claiming this is a gateway to Valhalla, but I'm of the mind that… » 11/19/11 4:45pm 11/19/11 4:45pm

Actual robot sportscaster could replace robot-like human sportscasters

If you've been convinced for years that John Madden has been replaced by an iPod filled with generic football commentary, you might be excited to learn that Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has been working on an even more advanced version. This one is equipped with artificial intelligence so it… » 11/12/11 12:25pm 11/12/11 12:25pm

Watch flying robots juggle ping-pong balls using tennis rackets

We love those wacky quadrotors, what with their ability to flit around and build structures. Now check out quadrotors engaging in some aerial circus. » 3/29/11 10:40am 3/29/11 10:40am

Swiss Autopsy Robot Comes Online

Virtobot may be helping humanity now, but it'll know all our weaknesses when Skynet achieves sentience. That's because it's the world's first autopsy robot - and it can examine a dead body inside and out without ever lifting a scalpel. » 3/22/10 6:30am 3/22/10 6:30am

Metallic Tree Provides Shade in Switzerland

In Lausanne, Switzerland, people don't congregate under real trees. They sit under the branches and on the steel roots at the base of this giant metallic tree designed by Samuel Wilkinson and Swiss design firm Oloom. » 1/17/08 8:00am 1/17/08 8:00am