Nathan Rae's Blog (7)

Invalidating Amazon's Drone Mapping Patent

Back in May Chris posted a news item about Amazon's drone based delivery system patent which got some attention but most people missed …


Added by Nathan Rae on June 16, 2015 at 3:30am — 11 Comments

Pigeon Post Smart Case Switching Modeling

Here's some research models showing how the …


Added by Nathan Rae on March 12, 2013 at 3:17pm — 4 Comments

Autonomous UAV Delivery System Update

Following on from this mornings post about delivering cupcakes I thought I'd post a talk I gave last week at the Bootstrap Business Club in Manchester, UK. 

The main conceptual difference between the many Cupcake/Taco/Burrito Copters (including the Matternet idea ) and…


Added by Nathan Rae on February 19, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Pigeon Post Smart Case Update

Following on from the Tacocopter post I thought I'd update you on the Pigeon Post Smart Case design.

So I received some feedback from the last version (V 0.1.4) and have added it to my own…


Added by Nathan Rae on May 1, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

Like Water Off A Duck's (or Pigeon's) Back!

​One of the criticisms of the Pigeon Post system I've heard multiple times is the problem of rain and other adverse weather will have on the electronic systems and on the Smart Cases.  

Now I'm not an materials expert or an electrical engineer but looking at this product demo video, I think I might have just found a solution.*  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you NeverWet:…


Added by Nathan Rae on November 16, 2011 at 1:43pm — 9 Comments

Introducing the Pigeon Post Project.

Hi all again,


Following my first blog post on DIYDrones few people have asked what Pigeon Post is and why I'm posting here.


The Pigeon Post project is developing a system of technologies and standards to drag the snail mail and…


Added by Nathan Rae on October 28, 2011 at 2:31pm — 19 Comments

Google to charge for Maps API calls.

So it looks like one crucial element in the Pigeon Post set up may have got a little more expensive.  The Guardian is reporting that Google will now be charging users who make more than 25000 API calls a…


Added by Nathan Rae on October 28, 2011 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

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