A patent filed by IBM outlines a coffee drone delivery system that reads your physiological cues and determines if you need a cup. Tony Spitz has the details.
For coffee drinkers, sometimes it takes a few cups throughout the day to make it to the finish line. But, of course, when you’re busy at work, there’s not always time to get up and scrounge up a cup of joe. Now, thanks to recently filed patents, the technology could potentially exist to not only bring you that coffee via drone, the drone could actually anticipate you craving some caffeine in the first place.
According to USA Today, IBM has developed a concept for a drone that drops off coffee and monitors certain facial, body, and biometric data to determine when people nearby may be in the mood for a pick-me-up. That is to say, it could either connect to your FitBit to determine if you’re losing steam, or it could even just use a camera to notice you’re nodding off based on your body language. Then it would use Bluetooth or other GPS data from a device like your phone to ensure it’s flitting over to the right person. The drone is designed to operate indoors, in an office, coffee shop, or event space (so don’t expect scalding hot lattes whizzing down city blocks), and it’s possible it could even be flagged down like a waiter.