Amazon founder and Chief Execxutive Jeff Bezos is well-lnown for making bets and promises in the sphere of innovation, and on Sunday night onĀ 60 MinutesĀ show he revealed to the host what might become his biggest one: product delivery by flying robot drones.
According to the company, the new extraordinary service is calledĀ Amazon Prime AirĀ and “it’s slated for rollout sometime in 2015, depending on FAA approval,” reports Mashable.
A video posted to YouTube, shows how exactly the new service will work, demonstrating the process of the package being taken from the warehouse floor and on to the front steps of the customerās home.
Amazon reveals that the idea of using this technology is to have the drone deliver orders roughly 30 minutes after the customer choses the item he or she likes on the site.
The pilot-less vehichles are said to be capable of delivering items up to 5 pounds in weight, which the company’s CEO said account for 86 percent of the items that the site delivers to its customers.
The Huffington Post writes that individual items will be delivered by air from one of the company’sĀ 96 mind-bogglingly massive warehouses, also known as “fulfillment centers.”
The company’s head appeared to be so excited about the novelty that he kept the details under wraps until just before the interview with the network began.
The producers of the show claim thatĀ before the announcing the news, Bezos said, āIf you can guess what it is, then… I will give you half my fortune and send you to Vegas with it.ā
Reacting to the unveiling of the Amazon-branded drone, Bezos interviewer Charlie Rose said, āI had no idea what its purpose was at first glanceā¦ They actually look like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel.ā
This year appeared to be quite productive for Amazon, that back in SeptemberĀ made a fresh of its Kindle Fire tablet computers line and unveiled new Kindle Fire HDX tablets.
The tablets, which come at the same time as a flurry of new entrants from competitors such asĀ Samsung ElectronicsĀ Co., include a faster processor and graphics, improved screen quality and new software features, as well as a tweaked design to make them lighter, with a slimmer body, said theWall Street Journal.
The HDX devices are powered by a brilliant 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a far improved Adreno 330 graphics processor and boast 11 hours of battery life.
The HDX also comes with a ground-breaking screen with 2560-1600 pixels (on the 8.9-inch model) and 1920 x 1200 pixels on the 7 inch. Both these displays have higher resolutions than the current-generation iPads.
The Kindle Fire HD is thinner, lighter and cheaper than before, says theĀ ABC News. The device has a 7-inch, 1280 x 800-resolution screen and a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor thatās faster than last yearās model.
The tablet still runs Amazonās own version of Android, now called Fire OS, and has features like the X-Ray for movies, which breaks out characters in the movie and tells you what they were in before.