On the news this morning they were talking about using mini drones to deliver packages up to 5 pounds. They will deliver that day within the mileage they decide on. Soooo. Looks like we will be having a drone zone here in the near future.
Wow, I don't think that printer I want to order would survive the fall! LOL. Although you did say up to 5 pounds.....I don't think that would work very well with expensive electronics ??? What do they do, drop it on your lawn?
I just watched a video on CNN of the experimental drone. They are small and they actually land when they drop the package on the sidewalk. You will have to live withing 10 miles of one of their fulfillment centers (warehouses), and they won't be ready for another 5 years or so. I know we like instant gratification in this country, but isn't this going a little overboard?
We already have problems with the delivery folks just leaving packages on the front porch and people walking by taking them - now we've got - oh never mind - they'd never get through the overhanging oak and pine trees - Maybe I won't have the tree's cut down after all -
and somehow this is going to save money?
Little Johnny and his pellet gun are nothing compared to .... grown ups who think they are bad guys (I know - we cain't talk politics).
What FAA should experiment with is installing internet-enabled printers at top customers' sites, locked in to a VPN connection to FAA or some such so they can only be used to print images from FAA and automatically log & bill the customer. The customer provides the paper and installs ink refills, and in return gets an appropriate discount. Could result in some customer lock-in with frequent large-quantity buyers, while giving them a turn-around on their orders that is hard to beat. :)
I feel like they will start using the drones in the financial districts for deliveries, including foods, like tacos, pizza, flowers, etc. maybe they will come up with a stealth drone. I love the idea. It is still in the newest of stages so lots of kinks will need to be worked out. Maybe the will start using it in offices to deliver the coffee and donuts :). I think it's here to stay. IMO. :)
i thought it was totally fake, and yet, i guess not. i like the box. i don't like the thought it leaving it on my sidewalk. i don't know if it will be a problem if i live in an apartment. what about rain, ice, snow? oh know my package is in a tree again. a cute idea that has failure written all over it. i wonder what the people who run the aviation control thinks of this terrorist like weapon flying in the sky. it would be real easy to weaponize and people would ignore it after a while. or what happens when the blades cut someone, gets tangled in someones hair, and if it's lost, do you have to pay extra?
As Chuck pointed out, they will make great target practice. Also be way easier to get "lifted". I don't like it, I want a human responsible for my package all the way to my door........he should concentrate on a transporter system...then I'll get excited ;P
can you imagine ordering like 40 things, they can only fit one to a box. it would be like giant mosquito's. those things filling the skies, getting tangled in phone lines, kite strings, attacked by dogs. it's a great way to send a payload back to amazon - you can put almost anything back in that box and have an instant place to target (if this happens in real life i'm only talking about the possibility i would never do it, should future denizens be reading this right now). if they want a fast delivery service, they should create their own shipping company. and not fill our skies with toys.
transporters would be nice. vacuum tubes like they have on futurama might be nice too. heck, they can train a cheetah and strap it to it's back. no one will mess with a cheetah.
It has generated great publicity for Amazon
but think just how much fun some folks would
have simply shooting them out of the sky, like
a skeet shoot! Or highwaymen, waylaying the
drones and plundering the cargo!!! Great thought
energy to the story, but that's all! Folks.
can you just see this in the future? hey - how did you lose your eye - amazon. how did you get into that car accident, amazon drone. sorry you fell of your bike, what happened? a drone ran into me.
fishing for helicopters. because you know what's inside that box. probably a phone, it's the right size, and the only thing i would want fast.
does the program know not to drop the package off when a sprinkler is out? what if there is a dog in the yard? or it flies into someone's window. i wonder how many drones will ever make it back to home base.
I'm with John. 3D printing technology needs to be melded with some of the light transport/time travel stuff and we all need home replicators. Swipe your card, say what you want, and it materializes.
Drone tech is more sophisticated than we average humans know. I'd be willing to bet that at the military level they can negotiate mind-boggling obstacles and have awareness of weather and other environmental concerns. Remember when civilians could only get GPS that would put you within 500 feet of your target? As soon as drone usage can be viably commercialized, we'll start to see what they can really do outside of a combat scenario.
Will they go in flocks, you're sitting on your deck and a thousand drones go flying past, noisy too.. what if they run into a flock of birds... Will they work in the rain.. will strong winds push them off course...
from a photographers perspective, what a pain that would be, your getting the shot you want, then amazon photo bombs the shot.
i wonder how they will compensate for icing. or how many will be waiting with a net or just jump up and grab the whole thing when it arrives. you can get your own fleet of those things. when captured, does it constantly try to make a break for it? does an alarm sound so you can free it again?
I love this kind of discussion! It will never happen with people. Even if the technology was available, it's an ethical minefield. Whether the idea is to just (just, ha!) break us down into tiny molecular packages and then reassemble us at another location, or a person being recreated, or replicated, at your location. Can't do that with people. First, there's the whole thing where people would hack the system and clone themselves. Additionally, you'd have to essentially kill a person to transmit them - they'd have to cease being a person for a time during transport, and then any anomaly in reconstruction would result in a different person coming out the other side.
If you have a boat, and you replace everything on it, is it the same boat, or is it a different boat? or, "Daddy, how come Grandma has an extra arm and only speaks French now?"
Our society would have to have a completely different mindset to support this kind of thing. Some people are against stem cell research, for crying out loud, and that's a potentially miraculous avenue of medical technology. Humans may never get behind breaking a human down to it's essential elements just to see if they can build it again somewhere else. ;)
i wouldn't mind my own drone to get cool shots. but i would rather make videos of amazon drones tied to other drones just to see how they would fair.
i think they are working on transporter tech right now, and i think they were able to move one photon to another, but i don't know how true that was. but it would be a huge leap in the economy if both transporters and replicators came out - everyone would be out of a job. it might balance itself out, but probably not.
i think it may be better to simply have a collapsible wormhole tunnel that connects to points of the earth by pinching it. so you can just walk through a door and end up in japan. but of course that has issues too, like massive flooding and terrorism, and probably just outside of amazon's budget.
feel a little sorry for the amazon customer support - yeah, someone shot down my drone. my phone is destroyed - of course that might be him that did it. and would a small drone like that, set off a air defense thing in a no fly zone? i wonder if it flies blind, or is there a camera in there? privacy is an issue as well. and i wonder how it sends the package if your in a large building. i doubt it would just drop it on the sidewalk, a UPS guy has to go inside and get a signature (hopefully). someone who can afford 30min service probably is getting something expensive.
can you just see all those happy dogs and cats grabbing that thing out of the air as it lands?
Amazon will drop in their first shipment a little specialized printer which will print all subsequent book orders in-house.
The printing material will be synthesized from the old pizza boxes, moisture in the air, and composted fruit peels.
Every new thing invented opens up a whole new job opportunity, drones would be no exception. Everything changes in time, I wouldn't want to ride a horse to deliver mail in this day and age as an example. I believe dronology (new word, should patent it :) ) will be in use in ten years, if not sooner. I visualize uses of drones for the handicap, businesses, private homes, and transportation. I can hardly wait for stock and sales in the drone industry. A new horizon for space, science and a healthier planet. IMO. :). Think I will start saving now to get a chunk of stock for my family.
i wonder if amazon gave any thought at all of how many warehouses it would have to have, in order to send something 30min. there would have to be a staggeringly large number of them. and if they were to set that many up, and keep costs low, they might as well just send cars out to do it. it would have almost the same effect.
@ Cynthia "Daddy, how come Grandma has an extra arm and only speaks French now?" - LOL I love it!!
On the other hand, I get calls all the time from Federal Express. My company delivers our products by email and ftp sites since it's all documentation. They keep calling me to find out why I only use the service twice a year.
Every new leap in technology makes some things more convenient, but puts some other people out of business. The only thing I hate about it is sometimes you don't like the replacement product. For a small (and maybe lame) example, I HATE zip lock plastic bags. It's hard for me to locate the bags with twist ties in the store, because they are buried in a mountain of various designs of zip lock bags that cost more and there are less bags in the box because the zip lock thing is thicker. Pretty soon, I'll be restricted to plastic wrap and rubber bands if I want to avoid them.
We are starting to see imagery that can't be obtained any other way, i.e. flying under piers, porches, through forests and spaces too tight for manned aircraft. As the technology improves, the potential for aerial drones is mind-boggling.
Les, I think they've already leapfrogged that idea with the Kindle. :)
For FAA and the like, as display tech progresses we may start to see sales or leases of digital display rights for art. A customer pays $XX and then gets to display their selected art in rotation on their wall displays for a certain period. Or they pay $XXX and get to display it in perpetuity. That rate would be on a per-simultaneous-display basis, of course. Businesses like An artist could, of course, easily offer such a license directly, of course, but FAA et al would function as marketplaces/brokers for such deals. Prints would be boutique items.
"Every new thing invented opens up a whole new job opportunity, drones would be no exception...."
However, they also eliminate jobs, such as real-life delivery drivers. Sometimes the trade-off for technology is not worth the cost of someone trying to make a living the old fashioned way. Just my two cents worth. :)
LOL John that's what i said few post down.
At any rate they are also using drone for police work to do thermal scans in certain houses. at least that's what FL is going to do...Not shure if they did it yet..
I think it's neat, but scary