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Amazon patents delivery chute for packages

By Feilidh Dwyer

In our increasingly fast-paced world, the demand from consumers to receive goods and services as quickly as possible has never been greater.

In 2013, world’s richest man and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that within a few years, Amazon would be delivering packages by drone.

In the five years since , the technology has greatly progressed but legislation and the practical realities of controlling and regulating hundreds if not thousands of UAVs flying through the streets have not yet been fully figured out.

As such, the capability for drones to deliver goods and services is there but the implementation of the concept has not yet been fully realized.

This month the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Amazon the exclusive right to produce their specialised “aerial delivery shroud” an idea that could change the delivery market game.

What is it and how does it work?

Read More: We Talk UAV’s

Amazon patent reveals its delivery drones could have facial and gesture recognition

By Michael Hicks  World of tech  

Amazon would probably like to just parachute packages to you from a safe distance. But the company’s latest patent suggests it thinks it might be safer to just fly drones directly in front of customers instead of risking broken Amazon Fire tablets (or concussions).

To potentially aid in this, the retail giant has filed a patent for a package delivery drone with a sensor system for registering both “visible” and “audible” gestures. Drones will communicate with a gesture database that will help it to recognize what you’re trying to get it to do, like “Fly over there!” or “Back off!”

Ironically, the patent image, first discovered by GeekWire, looks more like a man screaming and flailing in terror as a drone descends. But the patent itself hints at some complex technology to prevent dangerous accidents.

Read More: Tech Radar

In bid to compete with Amazon, Walmart files patents for farming drones

By Eric Brackett

Walmart has been expanding the reach of its grocery business for several years, and may be looking to use technology to make its supply chains more efficient. The retail giant has filed patents for six drones that would help automate the farming process, Business Insider reported. The full details of the drones  haven’t been revealed, but we do know that one is meant to pollinate crops, one would work to protect plants from pests, and a third would keep an eye on plant health.

While this would give Walmart more control over its supply chain, it is unlikely that the company is planning on going into the farming business. Instead, Walmart will sell these drones to partner farms in an attempt to make them more efficient. On the consumer side of things, this could mean higher supplies of fruits and vegetables and lower prices, though nothing is certain.

Paula Savanti, a senior consumer analyst at Rabobank, told Business Insider that she believes the drones will give Walmart more insight into what is happening on its farms, and allow for better response to changes in supply.

Read More: Digital Trends

Retailers See A Future For Drones Beyond Delivery

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Ever since 2013, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the eCommerce giant was working on a 30-minute drone delivery program called Prime Air, people have been saying that delivery is the big retail use case for drone technology. Domino’s furthered the point by delivering a pizza by drone in 2016.

Regulatory red tape has so far kept either delivery program from becoming a reality, but the technology was there and the value proposition was clear, as retail and logistics companies worldwide struggle to solve the last-mile conundrum.

Now, however, Walmart has charged onto the scene with a new use case and a new value proposition for drones — and it may have an easier time getting around the red tape, on account of there being significantly less red tape around drones for agricultural purposes.

Reuters reports that Walmart last year applied for six patents on drones designed to prevent damage to crops, mitigate pest attacks and augment cross-pollination between plants. Documents detailing the plans became public last week from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Read More: PYMTS.com

Protect your Amazon drone-delivered package? There’s an APP airbag for that

BY ALAN BOYLE on 

Seven years after Jeff Bezos had the idea of putting an airbag on your smartphone, Amazon’s inventors have kicked it up a notch by patenting a drone-mounted systemthat inflates an airbag around your package just before it’s dropped off for delivery.

The inventors behind the new patent, published today, may not be as well-known as Amazon’s billionaire CEO, but they’re notable: One is Gur Kimchi, the Amazon VP in charge of the drone delivery program at Prime Air. The other is Avi Bar-zeev, who’s been involved in projects ranging from Microsoft HoloLens to Google Earth. He left Amazon after the patent application was filed in 2015 and is now at Apple.

The system they describe features an airlift package protection airbag, or APP airbag, that would be wrapped around a package that’s due to go out on a drone for delivery.

Read More: Geek Wire

Amazon, Google, Others Are Developing Private Air-Traffic Control for Drones

Validation tests in conjunction with NASA are slated for the next three months

BALTIMORE (US)—The commercial drone industry wants to create a privately funded and operated air-traffic control network, separate from the current federal system, to enable widespread operations at low altitudes.

In conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, validation tests are slated over the next three months at a handful of sites. The intent is to develop a “totally different, new way of doing things,” Parimal Kopardekar, NASA’s senior air-transport technologist who first suggested the idea of an industry-devised solution, told approximately 1,000 attendees at the conference.

Read More: The Wall Street Journal

Amazon-style drone deliveries come a step closer for U.K. shoppers

With drone technology advancing significantly in recent years, the day when the flying machines are used to move goods from A to B on a large scale feels like it’s coming closer.

Truth is, some organizations are already using the technology to carry items such as medical supplies between facilities, but for an air-based delivery service as complex as the one Amazon proposes, a myriad of safety issues first need to be addressed.

A big part of the solution requires the creation of a reliable air traffic control system so that autonomous drones can fly without incident over long distances.

In the U.K., National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the country’s leading air traffic services provider, announced this week that it has partnered with drone traffic management solutions company Altitude Angel to build a system that it claims will safely integrate drones in the skies over the U.K.

Read More: Digital Trends