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Augmented-reality shopping on your phone?

It’s no secret that Amazon is intrigued by the potential applications of augmented reality for e-commerce – and one of those applications is explored in a newly published patent. Imagine that you’re shopping online for a classy watch or bracelet, and you … Continue reading

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Amazon patents a power-charging robot

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 … Continue reading

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Robotic mannequin checks how clothes fit

Amazon has won yet another patent for a system that would use robotic mannequins to check the fit of garments purchased online – and take selfies showing how the clothes look. The first patent, issued in January, addresses the robo-selfie part. A patent published … Continue reading

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Amazon’s drone hive looks like sci-fi movie

If filmmakers ever decide to do a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” with drones instead of birds, they could use Amazon’s concept for a drone-dominated fulfillment center in their set design. The artwork, included in a patent application published … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos touts Amazon’s solar campaign

Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t the only tech billionaire who’s high on solar power: Today,  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted about the latest step in his company’s campaign to install rooftop solar systems on at least 50 of its fulfillment … Continue reading

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Amazon proposes ‘virtual safety shroud’

What happens if a child or a dog wanders into range while a drone is dipping down to make a delivery? Amazon has an answer: a “virtual safety shroud” that the drone creates, potentially based on readings picked up by its … Continue reading

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A robo-janitor for messy warehouse robots

How does Amazon plan to keep automated warehouses free of debris? With automated cleanup robots, of course. At least that’s a scenario laid out in a patent granted to the Seattle-based online retailer today. There’s no guarantee the cleanup robots … Continue reading

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