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>> A warehouse floating in the sky with drones dispatched to bring you everything from toilet paper to diapers. Sound far fetched? Well, Amazon has already filed a patent for that future. The patent is dated April 2016, but was just spotted this week by a tech analyst. Here's how it would work.
The so called Airborne Fulfillment Center floats at high altitude and sends packages down on drones and shuttles are sent up to re stock the warehouse. Amazon has been among the most innovative tech companies in figuring out how to make shopping easier, from a cashier free pilot store launched in recent weeks.
Just walk in, scan the phone, shop, and walk out, to the popular Echo home assistance that allows us to order by voice. And it's recently taken to the sky with 40 leased planes to speed up delivery. It's had its eye on drone delivery and in July announced a partnership with the UK Government to explore that.
In the US, aviation regulation has made drone deliveries much more difficult. So, imagine the challenge of getting that floating warehouse in the air.