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Amazon wants their drones to tell you that your house needs work

Amazon may use its drone delivery service to analyze customer’s homes, offering ‘recommendations’ from its store or third-party services like gardening or roof repairs. The patent, granted on Wednesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), shows how the drones would use cameras to take photos during its descent. The photos would then be […]

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Amazon patents a floating delivery-drone mother zeppelin

Amazon’s drone delivery program might be part of an even bigger idea, one that involves huge fulfillment centers floating above cities. An Amazon patent, found by CB Insights analyst Zoe Leavitt, shows an “airborne fulfillment center utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles for delivery,” one of the wackiest ideas to come out of the e-commerce giant. See […]

Local Motors unveils 3D printed autonomous car with drone

Engineers from Local Motors have recently found a way to utilize a self-driving car, a 3D printer and a drone, all together in one amazing machine. Working directly with Grant Imahara of Mythbusters, the engineers have produced a 3D printed, autonomous vehicle that comes equipped with its own 3D printed drone. Mouser Electronics provided the […]

Facebook’s drone could bring everyone connectivity

For remote offline communities, Facebook’s autonomous test plane moved another step closer to providing internet to Earth’s least connected places. As reported in Smart Cities World, the social media giant recently ran full scale tests of its Aquila unmanned airplane. Facebook intends to use the solar-powered plane to provide regional web connectivity to billions of […]

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T-Mobile and Twilio pairing up to connect on IoT

Cloud communications platform Twilio has announced a new cellular network partnership with U.S. cellular giant T-Mobile, called Twilio Programmable Wireless, which will provide data, SMS, and voice communications to connected devices. Announced at SIGNAL, a developer conference on communications, the partnership expands Twilio’s platform to devices outside of Wi-Fi range, which require constant Internet service. […]

Ford autonomous car to come with mini-me drone?

Autonomous cars receive most information on traffic levels from an online mapping client, but in the future a lookout drone might provide alerts on traffic jams and accidents in real-time. That’s what a new patent application from Ford suggests, which was published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this week. In it, […]