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Amazon’s plan to turn packages into gliders

Amazon has come up with some wild and crazy patents, but a patent issued today has to rank among the wildest: It calls for turning the packages ejected by its delivery drones into radio-controlled gliders. The patent application was filed back in 2015, … Continue reading

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Amazon patents drone with foldable wings

Amazon has sought patents for hitchhiking drones, mini-drones that can sit on shoulders, drones that assemble themselves like Lego toys – and now drones that flip their wings to go from vertical to horizontal flight. The hybrid foldable-wing design is covered in … Continue reading

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Treasure Truck wins patent amid big ambitions

If you’re thinking about building a knockoff of Amazon’s Treasure Truck, the funky delivery vehicle for flash deals ranging from cameras to candy, consider yourself warned: The design is now patented. The patent was issued today, covering the ornamental design for … Continue reading

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Amazon patents self-driving lane control system

There’s been a lot of speculation about Amazon’s interest in self-driving delivery trucks, and a newly issued patent suggests that the Seattle-based retailer is putting a lot of thought into how such a system would work. The patent, issued today, … Continue reading

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Amazon wins a patent for delivery tunnels

Maybe it shouldn’t be that surprising that Amazon has patented a system for delivering goods via a dedicated network of underground tunnels. After all, the Seattle-based company is looking into virtually every other mode of transportation. But the idea seem ambitious, even … Continue reading

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How augmented reality can find your keys

Microsoft expects its HoloLens augmented-reality headset to guide you through complicated tasks in the workplace, but someday you could also use it around the house to find misplaced items, play games – and even watch movies on a virtual big screen. … Continue reading

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Amazon designs the Borg of delivery drones

Right now, Amazon’s delivery drones are designed to drop off packages weighing no more than 5 pounds. But what if you could link up lots of drones? Then your bigger packages could be assimilated. That’s the idea behind a patent … Continue reading

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