This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we look at how the Internet reacted to the news that Amazon is building a fleet of delivery drones for Amazon Prime Air. This new system, which aims to deliver small products to homes in under 30 minutes, was announced on U.S. television by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
There is, of course, no guarantee Amazon Prime Air will ever become a reality, and there are certainly more questions than answers at this stage. Which all led to the Internet having a field day with the concept, mocking the idea of delivery drones in videos, comics, games, and articles.
Amazon Prime Air is set to use octocopters to deliver small items to people’s gardens. Which is cool. But actually octocopters are extremely slow when compared to rockets. Yes, rockets, which will have the packages strapped to them before being blasted off into the sky.
Sure, this is dangerous and extremely environmentally unfriendly, and your package is likely to end up either landing in a tree, being run over, or killing a cat, but who cares about any of that when Amazon Rockets promises a delivery time of less than 5 minutes!
The Joy Of Tech’s Amazon Drones
The Joy Of Tech’s take on Amazon Prime Air was to draw parallels between the old wives tale that babies are delivered by the stork. Amazon has, some would argue, already stolen business away from bricks-and-mortar stores and other once-successful businesses, and now this. Is nothing sacred?
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Amazon Prime Munchies
The concept of Amazon Prime Air is being sold on the premise that people want their packages in their hands within 30 minutes of ordering. Do they? Do they really? The only thing I ever want delivered that quickly is fast food, because my stomach will not wait 24- or 48-hours to have its appetite sated.
This video plays on that idea, with a commentary suggesting Amazon Prime Air be used for people with the munchies rather than those who are just too impatient to wait a day or two for a new gadget. The obvious next step is pitting an Amazon octocopter against a takeout delivery moped.
Walmart Prepares For War
The owners and execs of bricks-and-mortar stores must be fuming at Amazon’s plans to launch an armada of airborne delivery drones. As if Amazon wasn’t enough of a threat already! Walmart isn’t sitting idly by while Amazon dominates the skies above its stores, announcing plans to shoot Amazon Prime Air drones down with surface-to-air missiles. If only this were true and not merely a satirical news story.
Taiwanese Animators’ Amazon Drones
If you want an alternate take on Amazon Prime Air than the one offered up by the American media then this video is just for you. It’s a kooky animation from Taiwanese Animators which raises various points, including people shooting the drones down, terrorists using the drones to deliver explosives, and the risk of accidents occurring. All very apocalyptic, all very funny.
Joe Heller’s Amazon Drones
Christmas is a busy time of the year for many of us, but it’s busier still for Amazon. So, picture Christmas 2020, when Amazon Prime Air is fully operational. Package-laden drones are buzzing around in the skies and, oh dear, Santa is held up in a traffic jam for the first time in his life. Sorry, kids, Christmas is canceled. Blame Amazon.
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Waterstones is a British book retailer that has already suffered enough at the hands of Amazon. And now the online bookseller is promising 30-minute deliveries by air. How is a bricks-and-mortar rival ever going to compete with that?!
With O.W.L.S, that’s how. O.W.L.S., or Ornithological Waterstones Landing Service, sees a team of specially trained owls bringing your purchased book direct to your home within 30 minutes of you placing your order. If only this was real… owls beat octocopters every day of the week.
Amazon Air Prime Drone Hunt
One of the many issues Amazon needs to address before Amazon Prime Air launches is what happens if someone shoots down a delivery drone. It could happen, and you could be one of the first to try to bring a drone down with a gun thanks to this alternate version of Matt Surabian’s Duck Hunt which swaps the ducks out for Amazon octocopters. Which is more fun than it has any right to be.