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Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon has patented an ‘airborne fulfillment center’ that works with drones to deliver items from said floating warehouse to customers. The patent relates to Amazon’s publicly stated drone delivery ambitions, though we’re still a long way from seeing an actual delivery center floating around in the sky. The patent goes on to describe small airships that would deliver items to the airborne fulfillment center.

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Yi Technology Erida drone is a tricopter with 4K 60fps video capability

Yi Technology Erida drone is a tricopter with 4K 60fps video capability

Yi Technology has announced that it will be at CES 2017 kicking off in a few weeks and at the show it will unveil a new tricopter drone called the Erida Drone. The company says that the Erida will be the world's first mainstream, full carbon fiber smart drone that has strength, speed, and the Yi 4k action camera attached. While most drones have quad rotors today, the Erida has three making it a tricopter.

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XDynamics Evolve drone with dual screen controller will launch at CES 2017

XDynamics Evolve drone with dual screen controller will launch at CES 2017

XDynamics has announced that at CES 2017 kicking off in a few weeks it will have a very cool new consumer drone called Evolve on display that has a world's first feature. This drone has a dual-screen controller that lets you see from the drone's perspective as it flies. The drone is designed for aerial photography and filming.

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Drone Flies Snowboarder into the Air

Drone Flies Snowboarder into the Air

A new video has turned up that shows a massive drone taking a snowboarder up and down the ski slopes and eventually up into the air. The video is one of those things that you watch and it's hard to believe that it's real. Then you look at the collaborator on the video and see that it's PrankvsPrank and it makes you question the video that much more.

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7-Eleven made 77 customer drone deliveries in 2016

7-Eleven made 77 customer drone deliveries in 2016

Amazon's getting all the drone delivery attention, but it turns out the retailer has an unlikely competitor: 7-Eleven. We saw a video of 7-Eleven's first drone delivery back in July, and now the company has announced the completion of 77 such deliveries. The drone deliveries were performed by drone delivery service Flirtey, the first of its kind according to the company. The two companies have been working in collaboration since the first delivery in July, which culminated in regular weekend deliveries throughout last month.

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Drone has bird-like features including precision flying feathers

Drone has bird-like features including precision flying feathers

ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE or EPFL has researchers working on a drone that uses bio-inspired design to create a drone that is able to fly using some of the same techniques that birds use. The drone has the ability to spread or close its wings while flying to allow it to maneuver and fly in higher winds. Birds use these same techniques when in flight, when the bird turns it does so by extending one wing and contracting the other.

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US Naval drone seized by China will be returned

US Naval drone seized by China will be returned

Tensions between the US and China were raised earlier this week when a Chinese naval vessel operating in the South China Sea seized an underwater research drone belonging to the US Navy. The issue was quickly escalated when the US's Department of Defense demanded the device's return, while President-elect Donald Trump chimed in on Twitter, calling the seizure an "unprecedented act." Fortunately cooler heads have prevailed, as China has stated it will be returning the drone to US possession.

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Facebook Aquila drone crash landing was caused by high winds

Facebook Aquila drone crash landing was caused by high winds

The conclusion of an NTSB investigation into Facebook's drone crash landing earlier this year has enabled the social network to share more details. According to Facebook, the Aquila drone experienced failure and crashed shortly before landing due to high wind speeds that kicked off a series of unfortunate scenarios. The test was still considered a success by Facebook despite the troubles.

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Amazon has started Prime Air drone deliveries

Amazon has started Prime Air drone deliveries

Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones may have seemed like science-fiction but the retailer has already kicked off real-world trials - albeit with only two shoppers. Flights began on December 7th in the UK, with one of Amazon's drones flying completely autonomously from its distribution center to a customer's home. The flight took thirteen minutes in total.

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Drone blood deliveries deemed safe: emergency aerial transport is feasible

Drone blood deliveries deemed safe: emergency aerial transport is feasible

Researchers with Johns Hopkins University have determined that blood bag transport via drone is safe, according to a new university release. The team looked at both the cellular integrity and the temperature of the blood throughout the transportation process, finding that both were positive and the transported blood was safe to use. Such findings help pave the way for emergency blood transportation via drones.

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Samsung patents drone designed to look like a small UFO

Samsung patents drone designed to look like a small UFO

A new patent from Samsung has surfaced in which we see a drone designed to look somewhat like a Frisbee. The drone, at least per the patent’s illustrations, feature a circular design with a couple feet on the underside and an open grille on the top, a rotor presumably hidden within. Unlike most other drones, this one resembles a small UFO or a flying food dehydrator tray.

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Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

In just a few days, it will be a festive season again. No matter your particular affiliation, you will most likely be swept up by the gift-giving train. It’s also a good opportunity to get your dad or your partner that geeky trinket that he may have been drooling over for the past months. That said, gone are the days when gadgets and gizmos were seen as a man’s domain only. With few (maybe just one) exceptions, our holiday tech shopping guide can help you fill up the stocking for Dad, Mom, or anyone else you might fancy.

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