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DanJones
DanJones
12/4/2013 | 1:44:03 PM
Re: Not a first
Still think its probably years away though. The air safety concerns should -- hopefully -- outweigh everything else.
Kruz
Kruz
12/4/2013 | 1:29:52 PM
Re: Not a first
You are absolutely right. People would do it for the sake of knowing what's inside that box, at least!
DanJones
DanJones
12/4/2013 | 1:20:36 PM
Re: Not a first
It'll be like an awesome drone secret santa hunt. You'll never know quite what what you get if you down a drone: Will it be pizza, or shoes, or an Ayn Rand book on tape?

Fun times!
Kruz
Kruz
12/4/2013 | 1:15:23 PM
Re: Not a first
It could be done by terrain matching from Google Earth satellite images sent over 3g/4g, a method used by cruise missiles for example. Amazon's data centers can analyze image sent in real-time to achieve guidance. This combined with GPS can do the job.

But it seems a big concern is actually having people not shoot at it and claim the cargo :)
DanJones
DanJones
12/4/2013 | 10:51:06 AM
Re: Not a first
I still don't quite understand how they could make the sensors granular enough to avoid obstacles like birds or power lines.

Also drones will use GPS for directions. So will they be affected by GPS jammers like other devices that use location satellites for sync?

I guess we will find out over time. I should do some more digging on the GPS issue.
Kruz
Kruz
12/4/2013 | 10:28:49 AM
Re: Not a first
I would definitely be the first one using any kind of drone services that would get me my order in less than 30 minutes :)
DanJones
DanJones
12/4/2013 | 10:08:34 AM
Re: Not a first
Yes, lots of concept delivery systems out there, not sure how many are anything like close to commercial reality yet.
Kruz
Kruz
12/4/2013 | 1:25:15 AM
Not a first
It seems Amazon's drone is not a first, check this out:

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/318505/5-drone-based-delivery-services-before-amazon-primeair/5
PaulERainford
PaulERainford
12/3/2013 | 10:23:20 AM
hey kids...
Of course, Santa's training up his elves right now on drone manipulation, so he can have the night off. Tricky aiming at those chimney pots though...


(Here on LR we never lose our childlike sense of wonder.)
DanJones
DanJones
12/2/2013 | 4:58:15 PM
Or was it all to pump up Bezos' image
Interesting blog that suggests that this is more PR stunt than real project:

 

http://blog.hubspot.com/uattr/real-purpose-of-amazon-delivery-drones

 

As I noted, the timing of this coinciding with Cyber Monday was probably good for Amazon.
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