Hey Travis - I added this because it included drone/product design, clever execution, and marketing.
Designer news is pretty much anything related to technology news. I've stopped coming here as much as I feel the quality has dropped significantly.
Agree. I don' t believe this belongs on DN.
41 points disagree.
design is more than just web pages guys ;-)
This is so badass. My apartment complex has this thing called Amazon locker. They need to integrate the two together so that drones drop off packages at the lockers. You could pick them up securely whenever you please. They could use bigger drones and carry multiple deliveries and heavier loads. Could put them on the roofs of main buildings.
Jimmy Johns should do this too.
I just don't see this working. What happens when kids start shooting them out of the sky with slingshots and BB guns?
How will this work in a city like New York? If they only carry one item at a time, how many will be buzzing around at any given time? Also, they'll need to be pretty close to the distribution center... is there real-estate for that amount of storage in a major metropolitan area?
I really like this idea, but I'm actually really curious about how they're accounting for this stuff.
It wouldn't (in this form), but I wouldn't expect them to immediately jump on urban markets.
Really? I would think this solution would be best-suited to urban markets which need to get products quickly.
I figure they'd nail down how to scale mass amounts of flying quad/hexacopters in less dense areas nearer to fulfillment centers, then use that knowledge to jump into urban markets. Kind of like what Google's doing with Loon in New Zealand.
We fly with pretty heavy payload octocopters (carrying RED Epics). http://londonhelicam.co.uk. Check out the reel.
Our flight time is about 10 mins, I don't see how Amazon is planning to get 2x 30 mins (roundtrip) with a meaningful payload, unless they have some new battery tech up their sleeve. Also we never fly directly over people for safety reasons. This is just not going to happen.
I don't care about Amazon but I do care about pizza: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/dominos-tests-delivery-pizza-remote-controlled-drone-150259
The TED conference was in June http://www.ted.com/talks/andreas_raptopoulos_no_roads_there_s_a_drone_for_that.html