Amazon Patent Imagines A Drone That Recognizes Hand Signals

Amazon Patented Its New Delivery Drone Capable Of Recognizing Human Gestures

Amazon Patented Its New Delivery Drone Capable Of Recognizing Human Gestures

Today the word comes down that Amazon has filed a patent submission for UAVs that can recognize human gestures and react accordingly.

Depending on a person's gestures, such as a thumbs-up or a loud shriek, the drone can adjust its behavior. Still, I'm not convinced they aren't planning some sort of coup, because listen to what else the LA Times reported they've filed patents for.

As amusing as the illustrations in the patent may be, it's also an indicator of a possible future where there may be a need to interact in public with robots. The machine could release the package it's carrying, alter its flight path to avoid crashing, ask humans a question or abort the delivery, the patent said. On the other hand, the human recipient may wave his arms in an inviting manner as the vehicle approaches.

Another diagram depicts the steps a drone will take when reading human body language as it delivers packages. They would also be capable of learning how best to deliver packages based on human interaction.

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Since unveiling its plans to develop an air delivery service, Amazon has applied for several ambitious patents which include the use of giant airships to serve as mobile, flying warehouses, and designs for drones that self destruct during an emergency. Examples listed include a depth sensor, a visible light camera, infrared camera and ultraviolet sensitive cameras for input and things like speakers, microphones and laser projectors for outbound communications.

The drones would recognize these gestures through a combination of sensors, computer vision and an onboard database of expected gesture commands. Amazon declined to comment.

Inc. may let you boss around its delivery drones once they finally hit the market, at least according to a patent recently issued to the company by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Amazon suggested in its patent that the drone system could also "somehow" verify a person's identity before making the delivery.

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