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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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Amazon patent suggests robots can service servers

Does something need checking out in your data center? Before you send out a technician, why not send out a robot? That’s the upshot of a newly published Amazon patent for mobile robots that are designed to respond to the report of … Continue reading

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Wireless wristbands could track warehouse workers

Amazon has been issued a pair of patents for a wristband system that monitors whether warehouse workers are putting their hands in the right places. The patents, published today, cover bracelets that could emit ultrasonic sound pulses or radio transmissions to let a receiver … Continue reading

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