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« on: December 02, 2013, 04:05:41 AM »

wait, what?



drones delivering Amazon packages?  I think this could end badly....
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 04:52:51 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 05:22:19 AM »

so wonder when the auction will start to get the first ocoto-drop from Amazon.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 05:32:49 AM »

I thought this was a joke but they do say they would have to wait until 2015. I just don't see how they'll get clearance to fly these things to individual residences. Way too many chances for accidents. Maybe they could get individual store locations cleared for landings (like a roof area) and then people could pick things up. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 05:41:53 AM »

How many of them will be stolen/broken/to windy/2 billion other things that I don't think this would work well. It's cool and I love the idea I just didn't think it was going to work that well.
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 08:58:00 AM »

This is crazy. I was just thinking the other day when we would have flying cars....well....
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2013, 11:49:15 AM »

You know, this may force states and cities to pass laws and regulate drone traffic in air and ground, which would be a nice bit of future proofing.
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2013, 01:22:27 PM »

Next up - Futurama style human pneumatic tubes
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013, 01:22:53 PM »

Saw this yesterday and also thought it was an Onion article.

I picture people huddled like Tusken Raiders on hilltops, waiting to take a drone down and scoop up the contents.

None the less, if we're already getting impatient with Prime 2 day delivery, we're on the road to teleporters.
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2013, 03:52:17 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2013, 01:22:53 PM

Saw this yesterday and also thought it was an Onion article.

I picture people huddled like Tusken Raiders on hilltops, waiting to take a drone down and scoop up the contents.

None the less, if we're already getting impatient with Prime 2 day delivery, we're on the road to teleporters.

well, with 3D printing.... the Amazon Prime 3D Printer!
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2013, 04:07:02 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2013, 03:52:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2013, 01:22:53 PM

Saw this yesterday and also thought it was an Onion article.

I picture people huddled like Tusken Raiders on hilltops, waiting to take a drone down and scoop up the contents.

None the less, if we're already getting impatient with Prime 2 day delivery, we're on the road to teleporters.

well, with 3D printing.... the Amazon Prime 3D Printer!

They could put 3d printers on the air drones and build your product while it's on its way to you!
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2013, 04:13:09 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on December 02, 2013, 04:07:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2013, 03:52:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2013, 01:22:53 PM

Saw this yesterday and also thought it was an Onion article.

I picture people huddled like Tusken Raiders on hilltops, waiting to take a drone down and scoop up the contents.

None the less, if we're already getting impatient with Prime 2 day delivery, we're on the road to teleporters.

well, with 3D printing.... the Amazon Prime 3D Printer!

They could put 3d printers on the air drones and build your product while it's on its way to you!

A drone that is a large, flying 3D printer that builds the smaller drones who hold a smaller 3D printer to build your stuff for you while it is on its way!  INFINITE DRONES!!!
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2013, 04:17:41 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2013, 04:13:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 02, 2013, 04:07:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2013, 03:52:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2013, 01:22:53 PM

Saw this yesterday and also thought it was an Onion article.

I picture people huddled like Tusken Raiders on hilltops, waiting to take a drone down and scoop up the contents.

None the less, if we're already getting impatient with Prime 2 day delivery, we're on the road to teleporters.

well, with 3D printing.... the Amazon Prime 3D Printer!

They could put 3d printers on the air drones and build your product while it's on its way to you!

A drone that is a large, flying 3D printer that builds the smaller drones who hold a smaller 3D printer to build your stuff for you while it is on its way!  INFINITE DRONES!!!

With the number of drones you could create, you could almost create an entire net of these drones in the sky.  If programmed with enough self-awareness, these sky net drones could really improve quality of life for us!
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2013, 05:47:41 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on December 02, 2013, 04:17:41 PM

With the number of drones you could create, you could almost create an entire net of these drones in the sky.  If programmed with enough self-awareness, these sky net drones could really improve quality of life for us!
And to think it all started with delivering Amazon packages.  As Bullwinkle points out, resourceful thieves will ambush the delivery drones, which will lead to Amazon flying security drones with the delivery drones.  And it's just a small leap from there to create indestructible land based models that tenaciously deliver packages no matter what's in their way. Are you Sarah J. Connor?  Sign for this please.  Amazon = Skynet?  But I love Amazon...
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2013, 05:49:12 PM »

Amazon Prime now gets you the destruction of the human race, delivered to your door for free in 2 days.
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« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2013, 08:19:48 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2013, 09:14:55 PM »

What happens if I order this from amazon?
http://www.amazon.com/DJI-Phantom-Aerial-Drone-Quadcopter/dp/B00AGOSQI8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1386018736&sr=8-2&keywords=drone
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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2013, 03:56:17 AM »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10488368/Waterstones-spoof-Amazon-drones-with-owls.html
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2013, 03:56:59 AM »

there's a taco bell on the west coast that started this quite awhile back when quad rotors were first becoming publicly popular
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« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2013, 04:44:37 AM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2013, 01:22:53 PM


I picture people huddled like Tusken Raiders on hilltops, waiting to take a drone down and scoop up the contents.


As a shipper myself, my first thought was that the professional package thieves who already tail delivery vans are looking at this and thinking "Oh yes, please."

My second thought was that there is no way in hell that UPS, the USPS, and FedEx are going let this happen.
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« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2013, 05:37:19 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on December 03, 2013, 04:44:37 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2013, 01:22:53 PM


I picture people huddled like Tusken Raiders on hilltops, waiting to take a drone down and scoop up the contents.


As a shipper myself, my first thought was that the professional package thieves who already tail delivery vans are looking at this and thinking "Oh yes, please."

My second thought was that there is no way in hell that UPS, the USPS, and FedEx are going let this happen.
I really don't think UPS, etc.. has anything to worry about...
First off, it's only for small packages. weight is a consideration and it's up to 5 lbs supposedly.. (that seems high to me though). Plus it's limited in range, you have to be 10 miles from a fulfillment center. Also, as was mentioned in an article, this may not be a good idea for urban areas due to theft. (although, if it's within 30 minutes, I suspect people will just wait outside) Plus I suspect "injuries" will occur somewhat regularly.
I would probably be willing to try this once for the novelty, but I think there will be a lot of kinks to work out first.
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« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2013, 05:41:24 PM »

Quote from: Punisher on December 03, 2013, 05:37:19 PM

(although, if it's within 30 minutes, I suspect people will just wait outside)

yeah, I don't think this is one of those things that is going to be 'I am ordering it but won't be grabbing the package for a few hours' type services.  Also, midnight game releases via drones biggrin
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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2013, 05:41:58 PM »

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