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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 Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon aerial drones, Facebook friends list hack, Google Nexus handsets vulnerability discovered, Black Friday numbers are released, Steam introduces user reviews, and the Kindle Fire HDX is compared favorably to the iPad Air. Read More 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 Rockets

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

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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 What Gadget Do You Really Want For Christmas? [We Ask You] What Gadget Do You Really Want For Christmas? [We Ask You] We want to know what one piece of technology you have your eye on this holiday season. Which gadget trumps all others at this moment in time for you personally? Read More . 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 Faking It: 8 Of The Best Spoof News Websites Faking It: 8 Of The Best Spoof News Websites Keeping up with the news of the day, whether it be local, national, or international, is important. It's never good to bury your head in the sand, unaware of what is happening around you. However,... Read More 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 O.W.L.S.

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.

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  1. Alex
    December 9, 2013 at 11:31 am
    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Clever, but a bit too spammy for me. I'm guessing you work for Balloons.co.uk? ;)

    • Will O'Hara
      December 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Dave, I think that's a bit harsh really (calling the Balloons.co.uk video spammy). You're happy to feature Waterstones O.W.L.S - an obviously self promotional piece by Waterstones - but not happy that a smaller business has tried to be creative and embrace the current trend for content marketing?

      Sometimes the comments sections of a post is the only way to get the post author or visitors to see it, especially when you have 47 twitter followers, not Waterstones 81,000. I agree that more of an insightful and useful comment should've been added, but I applaud any marketing person who goes to the boss of a smaller company with the idea for this sort of video (can you imagine that conversation! - "you want us all to do what?"). For me, blog spam is linking out to the Balloons dot co dot uk homepage or a product/category page on a post that talks about balloons. In this case I'm calling 'benefit of the doubt' - it's good 'hustle' or guerilla marketing ;)

      (P.S. I'm not connected to the guys at balloons dot co dot uk)

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