DelivAir Will Bring Products Directly To People Via Drones
A Cambridge Consultants venture uses GPS and precision optical tracking to deliver packages to recipients even when they're out and about
Product development and technology consulting company Cambridge Consultants has created a new approach to drone delivery systems with DelivAir. The service is able to bring products directly into the hands of customers instead of just an address.
To deliver a package, DelivAir seeks a location via GPS, occasionally verifying location updates with the recipient along the way. Once close, the drone uses precision optical tracking and 3D imaging to locate the recipient who holds his or her phone up toward the sky. The phone blinks a specific pattern to validate the user’s identity, and the DelivAir drone lowers down the package which is then simply unhooked by the recipient.
The possibilities of DelivAir are not limited to fulfilling a desire for instant gratification. It also holds the potential to save lives by delivering medical supplies such as EpiPens or to help someone who is stranded by providing them with a necessary part to repair a broken bicycle.
The problem with the standard idea of drone delivery systems, Cambridge Consultants believes, is that it offers nothing great if it can only deliver to an address. Nathan Wrench, the head of industrial and energy business with Cambridge Consultants, said in a press release, “Drone delivery is fast and ideal for something that is needed immediately. In that case, a consumer wants a delivery directly to them as a person—not to a location.”
It will be interesting to see how companies like Amazon, which is trying to do something similar with Amazon Prime Air, will respond to DelivAir’s ability to deliver directly to customers even while they are out and about.
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Halle Tecco is a founder and managing director of Rock Health, the first seed fund devoted exclusively to digital health companies. Prior to Rock Health, Halle worked as a business analyst at Intel before moving on to Apple where she worked in the health and medical vertical. It was during her time at Apple that Halle recognized the need and potential for startups in the digital health space. Halle has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on CNBC. She was named one of Goldman Sach’s Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and featured on Forbes' 30 Under 30 List. Halle has spoken at CES, SXSW, TechCrunch DISRUPT, GigaOm Mobilize, CTIA, HIMSS, SOCAP, Mayo Transform, Startup Grind, WIRED Life and MIT Emtech. She has also guest lectured at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford and Wharton. Halle has a BS from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is also an active angel investor in over 50 technology companies including Misfit Wearables, Quora and Kaggle.
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