But with prizes!
I wonder if any attempt to patent this will run up against a prior art complaint from prison gangs using UAV deliveries of guns and blow
UPS is boasting of a deal with America's Federal Aviation Administration which the shipping giant says will dramatically expand its drone delivery operation. The parcel-mover on Tuesday said it had been granted clearance under the FAA's Part 135 certification to operate its drone service as an air transport business. While …
So, if I understand correctly, right now large hospitals employ people to run around carrying stuff that is needed ? Funny, I've been to a few hospitals in my lifetime and I don't remember seeing employees running around carrying something.
"given many hospitals have been using the older system for decades..."
Yes. I'm sure you didn't mean to imply that hospital using pneumatic tube systems are legacy, but just in case, I'd like to point out that a huge regional hospital was built in my area relatively recently, and it included an extensive new pneumatic tube system. The hospital is very proud of it and everyone I know who works there thinks it's great.
The first location for the service will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the drones will move items around the WakeMed hospital campus.
Isn't that sufficiently close to the coast to get seriously inclement weather fairly often? I wonder what their (and the hospital's) backup plan is for when it is too windy and or too rainy for a drone to fly? Keeping human runners on hand at all times would seem to defeat the purpose of the system, while not doing so would risk safety of the patients.
Not really that close to the coast, couple of hours drive away. No more inclement than anywhere else.
No mention of which campus. WakeMed has multiple campuses in the area. Wondering if the drones will fly between campuses, thus avoiding the usual traffic tie ups rather than just between buildings on one campus which doesn't seem worth the effort. Unless of course it's you walking across a blistering parking lot on a hot day.
So, instead of carrying some item - nothing too heavy or large - between buildings on a "campus", you now have to get it to a roof or an outdoor area, place it in a special sized carrier, submit a request for pickup and ... a solution looking for a problem, with a nice fat charge onto US medical insurance bills, I am sure.
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