Dropmaster has come out with CopterBoxes, which are cardboard boxes that act as miniature helicopters so you can throw stuff out of planes without it breaking too bad. The three blades spin at 450 rpm, helping to slow the package's descent to around 40 feet per second. Allegedly they're way cheaper to use than parachutes, and can hold up to 100 pounds per box, which means that I probably shouldn't try to ride in one. Or at least not until I test it out first on my next scientific assistant (read: mail order bride). The last one just died testing my latest jetpack.
A video after the jump.
Helicopter Boxes Deliver Goods [gizmodo]