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Amazon patent for a safety cage stirs up a buzz

Warehouse workers confined in cages? That’s the dark vision evoked by an essay delving into the worries that come along with the development of artificial-intelligence devices such as the Amazon Echo speaker. “Anatomy of an AI System” was published on Friday … Continue reading

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Patents issued for Amazon Go’s smart shelves

Amazon has just opened a third Seattle location that makes use of its cashierless Amazon Go grocery shopping concept — and it’s just received the latest patent for technologies that make the concept work. Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published the … Continue reading

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Amazon patents robot that tosses warehouse items

Robots are nothing new for Amazon’s fulfillment centers, but a newly issued Amazon patent envisions robots that could toss items around those centers. The 27-page patent, published July 17, describes robotic arms or manipulators that can use sensors to identify objects, figure out … Continue reading

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Amazon patents messaging system for drones

For an earlier generation, one of the sweetest sounds of summer was the music coming from an ice-cream truck. For the next generation, will it be the tune of a delivery drone? That’s just one of the possibilities covered in … Continue reading

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Apple concept could turn cars into zombie-killers

Running over virtual zombies might seem like a strange way to fight motion sickness in a moving car, but that’s exactly what Apple is suggesting passengers do in patent applications published today. The applications, filed last September, aren’t focused on zombies … Continue reading

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Why Walmart wants to patent robot bees

Robot bees have hit the big time. In the 10 days since Walmart’s patent application for “systems and methods for pollinating crops via unmanned vehicles” came to light, the idea of building drones to do what bees do has gone viral. The … Continue reading

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APP airbag could protect drone-dropped deliveries

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 system that inflates an airbag around your package just before it’s dropped off for delivery. … Continue reading

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