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The massive online retailer company Amazon, which recently acquired the grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.4 billion, is attempting to push even further into the future of internet commerce. The company has recently patented a “multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned vehicles,” or in simpler terms, a drone skyscraper. As co.design discovered, while patents do not necessarily mean this tower will be created, the plan has detailed sketches showing a giant beehive from where drones would fly in and out.
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Last month, it was reported that the FDNY was poised to launch a drone program that would aid in emergencies. Now the word from the FDNY is that it might take a little longer to get the plan off the ground. One of the obstacles for the FDNY, and anyone who wants to operate a drone, is learning the particularly complicated regulations for New York City, and getting licensed.
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Photo by Victor Chu/ Sky Tech One
We thought Google’s new 3-D maps of NYC were cool, but this incredible aerial video of the city’s five boroughs blows Google Earth out of the water. Sky Tech One Aerial Photography created a spectacular montage of footage with the help of a drone, and what’s captured is truly something else. Spanning Lower Manhattan to Yankee Stadium to Roosevelt Island to Coney Island, and, well, everything else in between, we definitely can’t argue with their bold claim that this is the “Ultimate Aerial Video of NYC.”
[Via The Verge]