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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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Amazon patent points to Alexa phone plan

We’ve known for weeks that Amazon has been working on ways to give Alexa-powered, voice-controlled devices the ability to make and receive phone calls, but a newly published patent details how it could be done. The patent also shows that … Continue reading

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Amazon patents ‘aquatic fulfillment centers’

Amazon has patented some crazy ideas, including flying fulfillment centers that drop packages from the air. But its patent for “aquatic fulfillment centers” could be the craziest one yet. The concept calls for warehousing packages underwater in specialized tanks – … Continue reading

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Amazon patents drone legs and propellers

Amazon’s inventors are taking a page from Inspector Gadget’s playbook to design drones with adjustable landing legs and reconfigurable propellers. Those two design tricks are the focus of patents issued today. It’s hard to say whether they’ll become features on … Continue reading

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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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