Yesterday Fortune reported that The United Parcel Service (what most people refer to as “the UPS man”) has successfully tested delivery of an asthma inhaler to Children’s Island off the coast of Massachusetts.
UPS is also testing in-house use of drones to help with inventory tracking, much like Amazon is.
What I find to be the most interesting and clever part of the Fortune story, though, is the name of the drone startup company that UPS is working with – CyPhy Works.
In recent months and years, some quadcopter / drone developers have been experimenting in a complete different realm. Instead of flying through the skies, they are “flying” under the water. Underwater drones are the latest and possibly greatest type of machine to hit the quadcopter scene.
Whether underwater quadcopters turn out to be a great development remains to be seen. The potential is there. We’ll see if the concept catches on or not.
Here is a quick look at three prototypes (as of this writing) that could become very popular in the near future. Read more →
DJI, creator of the Phantom and Inspire quadcopters, has just updated its Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) system to prevent drone pilots from flying their machines where they ought not to fly them.
By now you’ve heard or read that the FAA came out with its “much-anticipated” set of guidelines regarding proper drone usage in the United States. Everyone seems to be making sure you know that the document is over 600 pages long.
Are you going to read all that material? Of course not.
A few people will, and they, in turn, will tell us the important points we really need to know.
One of the points you probably already know is that the whole thing only applies to you if you fly a drone (quadcopter or other similar aircraft) that weighs over 55 pounds.
Personally, I only own two micro quads (Wallet Drones) that I can barely feel while holding one in the palm of my hand.
So I won’t be reading the official document, nor will I probably even wait for the summary that those few studious people will provide.
Don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying this document is unimportant. It’s just that it’s not going to apply to everyone. And for those of us to whom it doesn’t apply, we (okay, I) couldn’t care less.
If someday I acquire one of the big boy drones, I’ll look up the details to see what I can and can’t do. By the time that day comes, the official rules will probably have changed several times over anyway.
I bet you didn’t see this one coming. Walmart is getting into drones, but not the same way Amazon did. The Walmart drone is scheduled to take over inventory duties at its distribution centers within the next year.
The main reasons for this innovation are safety and efficiency. What current workers can now do in a month, the drone should be able to do in a single day. Read more →