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Amazon Gets Patent for Snooping Drone

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week approved U.S. patent number 9,714,089 for Inc. (AMZN). The patent is called "Trigger agents in video streams from homes" and would allow Amazon to analyze data it collects while delivering merchandise using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones.

What the company has devised is a system that includes a drone-mounted camera to capture an image and at least one processor that could examine the image and execute programmed instructions on what to do with the image. Ultimately, the data gleaned from the image is collected in a huge database from which it can be sliced and diced.

For example, as the Amazon drone delivers a package to your door, the drone's camera would capture an image of your driveway where your kid's bike is laying on its side...