Amazon won’t deliver via drone for another four or five years, but the internet delivered in less than twenty four hours. Satirically, that is. The Tacocopter lives!
Lady Gaga unveils “Volantis,” a flying dress. If we were feeling punny, we would call it “high fashion,” but we’re not, so we won’t.
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- A patent trolling’ firm called Eolas was just crushed in court. A win for web innovators every where.
- Finland is set to vote on a set of fairer copyright laws that were drafted by its own citizens. Cool!
- The NSA can send a drone after any mobile phone, even if its off.
- A Japanese power company admits that radioactive water is leaking from the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was damaged in a 2011 tsunami.
- Stream Nation is like a Dropbox for storing and sharing videos privately.
- Ubuntu is crowd funding $32 million for a dual-boot smartphone that loads either Android or Ubuntu. Wait, $32 million?
Have a great week!
When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) wanted to fight animal poachers—illegal hunters of wildlife—they decided to bring in an unorthodox weapon: Drones. But these drones were different from the killer Predators of public imagination. Instead, they were unarmed, superlightweight, and users launch them by throwing them into the air—in fact, they are heavily modified model aircraft. After negotiations, Nepal was chosen as a pilot site for the wildlife drones. First launched in mid-2012, the WWF drones offered a new, experimental method of stopping poachers.
Now, wildlife-protecting drones are coming to the rest of the world. Last week, Google announced they would help the WWF purchase African and Asian poacher-seeking UAVs. As part of Google’s 2012 Global Impact Awards program, the WWF received $5 million to buy similar unarmed drones to watch and track African wildlife poachers.