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Amazon patents spoilage-sniffing refrigerator

Years after making its application, Amazon has won a patent for a refrigerator that uses cameras and chemical sensors to sniff out spoiled food. But if you’re waiting to get one-day shipping for a fridge that knows your fruit has … Continue reading

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Amazon lays out a way to guide deliveries with AR

Efficient package delivery is one of the keystones of Amazon’s retailing business, and a newly issued patent opens up a new frontier in efficiency: augmented reality. The patent, published today, outlines a scheme for alerting a delivery agent about the best … Continue reading

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Amazon patents drone surveillance as a service

Amazon has patented a system for providing home security surveillance as a service, but the real innovation has to do with avoiding surveillance of the home next door. Just don’t expect to sign up for the service, or freak out … Continue reading

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Amazon patents drone delivery targeting system

A newly published patent hints at the system that Amazon just might use to guide delivery drones to their destinations, and verify that the drone’s payloads have been dropped off at the right locations. The system, as described in an application that was … Continue reading

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Future Amazon packages just might ride the bus

Amazon’s inventors have suggested using drone-dispensing trucks, rail cars and airships to deliver packages, but one of the company’s latest patents lays out a more mundane route for future customers: picking up their purchases from public buses. The patent for a mobile package pickup system … Continue reading

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Amazon’s got a brand new bag for delivery items

Insulated bags for pizza deliveries and cooler bags for ice-cold drinks are nothing new. But how about if you put them together? Amazon’s inventors thought the idea was novel enough to apply for a patent, and now they’ve gotten it. … Continue reading

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Amazon aims to patent warehouses on rails

If Amazon follows through on a pair of patent applications, future fulfillment centers could be transported on their rounds by trains, ships or trucks and deliver their goods with autonomous drones flying out from the tops of shipping containers. The … Continue reading

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