If you want to send a package to your family or friends you have some options. You can ship it via FedEx or the U.S. Postal Service. You can even order the item online and have it delivered straight to its recipient. But soon there will be a whole new way to have things delivered. We're just not sure how you'll feel about it.
There's been talk about drone deliveries for some time now. Amazon, the online retail giant, is experimenting with drones as a method of delivery for its customers. And just last summer the first delivery by a drone was completed in Australia.
But now there's a company that is approaching drone deliveries in a way you've never seen before. Festo - an international automation and didactic development company - has created a drone called the Free Motion Handling Sphere that can deliver things directly to you.
The sphere looks a lot like a big jellyfish. It's filled with helium and moves around using eight propellers, an integrated GPS system and cameras for navigation. However, the strangest aspect of this unique drone is that it uses a tongue-like flex gripper to pull objects up into the center of the drone, and eventually release them again.
Think of it like a floating vending machine balloon. Festo imagines this drone could one day be used inside office buildings to distribute snacks, or even in larger capacities like delivering tools to mechanics.
But, honestly, it looks a bit silly. It's also a bit creepy if you think about it. Maybe it's because the drone sucks things up inside of it and spits them back out. Watch the video below to see how it works, and let us know how you feel about it.
What do you think? Would it be fun to have things delivered using a drone like this, or do you agree that there's something about it that feels a bit creepy? Let us know in the comments.