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Walmart Wants to Take on Amazon

Walmart Wants to Take on Amazon With Flying WarehousesGetty Images

Walmart Wants to Take on Amazon With Flying Warehouses Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened a new front in its battle with Amazon.com Inc. The world’s largest retailer has applied for a U.S. patent for a floating warehouse that could make deliveries via drones, which would bring products from the aircraft down to shoppers’ homes. The blimp-style machine would fly at heights between 500…

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Drone Delivery Hive Coming Soon

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Is The Drone Delivery Hive Coming Soon From Amazon? Amazon files a patent for multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles. Amazon has made the next leap toward a future reality in which drones drop recently-ordered goodies off in your yard, filing a patent for a “multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The…

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Cargo Deliveries via Drones

Cargo Deliveries via Drones In The Amazon RainforestDrone Girl

Cargo Deliveries via Drones In The Amazon Rainforest Drones still have a number of hoops to fly through before drone delivery becomes widespread in the U.S. But in Peru’s Amazon rainforest, drones are making cargo deliveries of anti-venom medication to remote villages. WeRobotics, a group that carries out robotic-related social good projects around the world, is testing drone delivery of…

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Amazon Patents Drones With New Feature

Amazon patents drones with telescoping landing legs and foldable propellers

Amazon patents drones with telescoping landing legs and foldable 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 Amazon’s delivery drones, still in development. But surely there’s a…

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Anti-Venom Drone Delivery In Amazon

Anti-Venom Drone Delivery for Amazonian snakebites

Anti-Venom Drone Delivery for Amazonian snakebites In the thick Amazonian rainforest, moving goods around is tough going. Remote communities in this part of the world often rely on boats and winding river networks to get things to people in need, one of which is anti-venom in the event of a snake bite. WeRobotics, a non-profit that seeks to deploy robotics…

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Drone Delivery Plan Includes Package

Amazon’s new drone delivery plan includes package parachutes

Amazon’s new drone delivery plan includes package parachutes Amazon’s latest patent filing just dropped When it comes to drones, Amazon seems to have no shortage of ideas. In December, The Verge reported that Amazon filed a patent for a flying airship warehouse designed to expedite drone deliveries. Although it may not be as wild as an airship, CNN reports that…

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Drone Patent Features Foldable Wings

Amazon’s latest drone patent features foldable wings for flippable flight

Amazon’s Latest Drone Patent Features Foldable Wings For Flippable Flight 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 a patent that was published on Tuesday, following up on an…

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FAA Fined Amazon Over Hazardous Materials

FAA proposes $91,000 fine for Amazon over hazardous materials

FAA proposes $91,000 fine for Amazon over hazardous materials The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing fining Amazon $91,000 for potentially violating hazardous material regulations. Amazon allegedly attempted to ship undeclared hazardous materials on FedEx air transportation in May of last year, the FAA said in a Thursday release. The chemicals in question were more than two gallons of toxic…

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Patent Tips Bow and Arrow Proof Drones

File photo: Drones fly above smog blanketed Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina December 25, 2016. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

Amazon Patent Tips Bow and Arrow Proof Drones Besides government regulations, bad weather, weight restrictions, and all the other issues that plague Amazon’s budding drone delivery service, the company must also face the prospect of thieves shooting down drones to steal their packages. It’s a problem that Amazon has been working on since at least 2014, when it filed a…

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