Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published granted Amazon patents for a Drone Platform and the original ground-breaking Echo digital assistant home device.
In Amazon's first granted patent they describe a new mobile crossdock. Amazon notes that items on a large tractor trailer inbound to a large metropolis may be separated and moved into smaller delivery vehicles for delivery to smaller cities. Separating and moving the items on the tractor trailer requires a facility. Given the need for productivity and speed in a modern supply chain, the movement of items from one vehicle to another remains problematic in terms of shipping logistics.
Amazon's invention covers a mobile crossdock system comprising one or more containers aligned in a configuration to form a mobile crossdock for mobile crossdock operations. The one or more containers are detachably attached to a platform such as a vehicle trailer. Further, the one or more containers may comprise a first side having a first plurality of openings and a second side having a second plurality of openings. A plurality of doors are aligned with the first plurality of openings and the second plurality of openings and are configured to move between a closed position and an open position. A plurality of ramps are configured to lift or raise a rear end of a vehicle to a position where a cargo area of the vehicle is substantially aligned with a floor of the mobile crossdock.
The one part of the patent that was of any interest was their patent FIG. 6 noted above which illustrates a mobile crossdock comprising a drone platform #152 or a landing pad configured to facilitate delivery of materials to the mobile crossdock by one or more drones #155 or other aerial vehicles.
In the non-limiting example of FIG. 6, a drone may comprise an autonomous, semi-autonomous, or manually controlled aerial vehicle. In various embodiments, the drone may further comprise a cargo hold #158 comprising materials used in crossdock operations. To this end, the mobile crossdock may comprise the drone platform on a roof of the mobile crossdock or in other proximate locations.
Amazon's invention that was granted today was filed in September 2014.
Amazon's second granted patent of interest today is a design patent for their original Echo, home digital assistant device as shown below. Design patents provide zero details. It's what you see is what you get in the form of a series patent figures. Below you can see Patent Figures 1 and 2
Amazon filed their patent for Echo back in October 2015 and it was granted today.
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