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Amazon patents a power-charging robot

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A diagram from Amazon’s patent application shows a power-charging robot offering a charging cable and a stick of gum for sale. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)

Have you ever scrambled around at an airport, hunting down a power outlet for your laptop or smartphone? Amazon’s inventors have the answer: a power-charging robot that’ll come to your side and let you plug in, for a price.

It’ll even sell you chewing gum.

The robot is the subject of a patent published today, which is based on an application filed by a Seattle-based Amazon team back in 2015.

The idea may seem wacky, but the inventors contend that such robots would fill a need that’s currently unmet.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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