Amazon Seeks Permission for Mystery Wireless Tech

first_img According to a new FCC filing, Amazon is working on some new, secret project. Business Insider discovered the documents which suggest that the digital retailer is testing some new, experimental communications tech over the next few months.If you’re in the US and you’re broadcasting wireless signals, you pretty much have to deal with the FCC. That’s actually a really, REALLY good thing, because it keeps TV signals from overpowering your Wi-Fi, and helps make sure that all our devices can work together smoothly. To make all that work, companies have to request permission from the FCC when running signal tests. The FCC makes sure you won’t be using frequencies that could hurt people or interfere with anything other communications. So when a business completes an FCC filing, it can often be a hint at some snazzy new tech under development.What’s interesting is that former NASA astronaut and a senior manager on Amazon Prime Air, Neil Woodward, completed the filing. That could mean that Amazon is looking to test some new systems for managing its drones. Amazon’s been eager to switch up its delivery networks and get more products to consumers as fast as possible. Amazon Now already supplies many major US cities with same-day deliveries for some basic good, but Prime Air wants to take that a step further with drone deliveries in a matter of minutes or hours.The key is that the filing lists using low-power stationary transmitters as well as several mobile units. That would seem to suggest a system to control a small fleet of drones. Which, given another filing from Amazon last month, could even mean that the retailer is looking to test its “Airborne Fulfillment Center” (or AFC) concept. Essentially, Amazon could dispatch a blimp wherever high demand for specific goods is expected. These blimps would then control and manage dozens of drones to coordinate final delivery.In any case, it’s a bit surreal to think that we may soon be living in a world where AFCs part at a sporting event, for example, and send out everything from t-shirts to hotdogs on demand. Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img