Amazing Invention- This Drone Will Change Everything

I cut my finger making lunch so I placed an order for some Band-Aids a couple minutes ago and now they’re four seconds away that is a nearly silent drone system that can deliver a package from the sky right to my backyard in as little as two minutes with dinner plate accuracy and as far as I am concerned that’s basically teleportation this is the very near future of package delivery from a company called zipline it’s been over a decade since we were first promised drone delivery that looked like this and to be honest I was never that stoked about it because I couldn’t imagine that anyone would actually want something that big and loud with dangerously fast spinning propellers Landing anywhere near their house and that was a bummer because with the explosion of people using Amazon or food delivery apps like doordash or instacart billions of doorstep deliveries are now happening every year but when your lunch only weighs a few ounces driving it to everyone with these two-ton gas powered vehicles is wildly inefficient bad for the whole planet and not to mention just really slow drone delivery would not only take a lot of cars off the road but it would be a lot faster than a car it would be fully electric fully autonomous and it would cost pennies worth of energy G per delivery and with zipline because the Droid that lowers the package can move laterally in any direction it can make a dartboard sized Precision Landing even in high winds while the main drone can stay 400 feet up in the sky making the whole thing whisper quiet that is very quiet also due in part to the clever design of these really funky propellers as you all know I only make about 10 videos a year and while most are just sort of ridiculous I like to dedicate one video to Showcase how clever people are using engineering to change the world for the better and to be clear the company I’m talking about today is not sponsoring this or paying me in any way I’m just really impressed by the work that they’re doing and how they’re doing it so we’ll Circle back in a minute to exactly how they’re going to pull off deliveries using these short-range drones in a city but it begs the question if they can make it work there why not use gliding drones to cover longer distances to deliver critical medical supplies for countries with lots of remote Villages well as it turns out catapulting life-saving blood through the skies is what they’ve already been doing for over six years which is why we need to head out to Rwanda to understand where this all started and immediately after showing up we were right in the thick of it as drones were taking off and Landing as another one lands every 90 seconds they’re coming from everywhere and as a newcomer it felt a bit chaotic but if you’re gonna rack up 40 million miles worth of drone flights your team needs to be operating with the efficiency of an F1 pit crew so here’s a crash course on how it all works it all starts with an order coming in from a doctor at a hospital say for example for an emergency supply of blood then once it’s all packed up it gets passed out to be placed in the belly of the Drone and then the whole thing is placed on the launcher at that point they attach the wings and secure the battery followed by the nose cone then after some pre-flight safety checks they launched the Drone all within 90 seconds of the order coming in the Catapult launcher takes the Drone from zero to 65 miles an hour in a third of a second which is literally less time than it takes you to Blink and it’s a pretty clever design too because it means the Drone immediately starts at its cruising speed where it takes much less energy to stay airborne then once it’s in the air cruising at 70 miles per hour it navigates its way to the hospital and upon arriving opens the trap door to drop the package which lands safely using a parachute having not completed the mission it continues making all its own decisions to autonomously navigate back home from as far away as 150 miles round trip then taking inspiration from an aircraft carrier as the Drone approaches the military-grade GPS broadcast its position within one centimeter so these two pools know exactly when to swing up at the last possible moment snagging a hook on the tail with the cable which safely slows it down then once it settled to a stop the crew comes in to remove the battery and wings and it all goes back into rotation the whole thing is really impressive and Incredibly robust which means it works in pretty much any weather and because there’s no human steering it it has no issues flying at night so they run the operation 24 hours a day which is how in six years they’ve managed to make those half a million often life-saving deliveries that is the uppermost top of the iceberg tip of how they’re doing what they’re doing but what you should know is six years ago all the experts told them this was a hopeless cause and failure was a near certainty and they kind of weren’t wrong building an engineering product took time so you prototype you you know you build it and then you fail and then you try again and you fail to try again until you have the shiny product that you want this is a different type of aircraft this is not what we had the first one used to land on these inflated mattresses the vehicle had a hook on the back you had to tell the tail will deployed an aircraft carrier yeah and then the fishing pole will pull it no land on the mattress first of all he’s not saying that figuratively they were early days using actual fishing poles as you can see here and secondly this is Abdul and what you should know about Abdul is he grew up in Rwanda and from where these drones are launching and while he would he would Stamford and Harvard he got his start in engineering for much more simple means I remember that I would make cars from milk boxes that you know was left over you know we add tires there and use it as a car Abdul was orphaned as a child when he lost both of his parents and all three of his siblings in the Rwandan Genocide narrowly escaping himself but he didn’t give up on his passion for engineering and so as he got older he would go around to all the local hospitals fixing their MRI machines for free using knowledge he gained from watching YouTube videos Abdul was the very first zipline employee in Rwanda and he really helped to Pioneer so many of the systems they have in place today that are now used all over the world and so in an effort to test those very systems I wanted to see if it was robust enough that even a total Noob like me could send out an order oh [Music] good enough this is where the blood is right it’s O positive I feel like I shouldn’t be touching this stay calm that’s the number one rule scan it scraps like this five okay just out here saving lives and once I ring the bell it’s the Drone team’s problem okay what do I do and push it here out of my way I’m coming through the wings how’s that better we’re trying to be thick there’s so many so after a final check of the drone’s condition a little bit of a look to the right and cough [Applause] I’m a hero we did it I just like saved the life basically wow how do you guys do this all day long so now that I had a pretty good feel for the launch site we headed out to see where some of these drones were actually flying to so we left the launch site like three and a half hours ago we’re driving to this remote Hospital on these really windy roads and as we’ve been driving we’ve been tracking and seeing some of these zipline drones delivering blood and medical supplies to this hospital so since we’re about a half hour out I thought it would be fun to place my own emergency order then it could meet us when we get there because when you need extra ointment you just need extra ointment and sure enough a few minutes after arriving I Got a notification for an incoming package this is wild because we’re like four hours away on some really windy roads [Music] I got it [Music] close close and so after opening the package and checking their handiwork I asked if I could speak to a few of the doctors when’s the last time you delivered a baby in few minutes ago a few minutes ago that’s pretty fresh for the doctors it was like a miracle with zipline we are sure that in 15 to 20 minutes we are going to get what we need and you were sure that patient will be safe but it wasn’t just the doctors who were big on zipline I also spoke with a handful of patients who for various different reasons are all alive today because of a zipline delivery every time when I sit the drones around I just think that someone’s life is going to be saved and that’s kind of true because their drones have reduced in-hospital maternal mortality by 88 zipline has two launch sites that give them coverage for pretty much anywhere in Rwanda but they also have operations running in all of these countries and while they serve 3 000 hospitals globally today that number will be ten thousand by the end of the year all right so we’ve covered their long-range country delivery drones which means we’ve now got the context to talk about their short-range City Delivery drones but first I just have to interject here and say I was blown away by Rwanda as a country I mean right out of the gate their stop lights are really cool because they’re just countdowns till the light turns green they can balance and carry pretty much anything on their heads and there’s motorcycle taxis everywhere and given that win in Rwanda you do as the rwandans do whenever possible that’s how we got around ourselves everyone was also super friendly everywhere we went well not everyone because if you stop to play soccer with some random kids all right guys just know they’re not going to take it easy on you seems to like it before traveling there the only real thing I knew about Rwanda was the Rwanda genocide that took place about 30 years ago and while there are still plenty of Battle Scars as horrific as that was it sort of galvanized the country into a period of healing and solidarity as a single Rwandan people instead of divisive ethnic groups for example on the last Saturday of the month literally everyone spends the day picking up trash and volunteering in their local communities and that’s one of the reasons you hardly see litter anywhere the other one being 15 years ago they were one of the first countries to ban all single-use Plastics there was just a pervasive optimism in the air everyone was moving with the purpose everywhere we went not just working hard but working smart with their resources on hand including their improvised soccer balls for over a decade attending school up to age 16 has been both mandatory and free and when you combine that with leapfrogging to new technologies like drone delivery for the last decade their economy has been growing at four times the rate of the U.S economy while their violent crime rate has been 15 times less than the US and finally the most unducing part of the whole trip was when I hiked to see an entire family of mountain gorillas up close in the wild which was equal parts adorable and terrifying thank you you got me mountain gorillas only exist in these two tiny red regions and while there’s only a thousand left in the world I got to just chill with 20 of them they’re critically endangered but thanks to Rwandan conservation efforts funded by people paying for brief visits like this their numbers have climbed by 200 over the past decade all that’s to say that besides of course my own country Rwanda is my new second favorite country we got this and next time I go back I’m bringing a bunch of soccer balls oh yeah which I will give away to any kid who just promises not to embarrass me okay so now let’s talk a little bit more about these new short-range city drones because for the 4 billion doorstep deliveries that will happen this year in the US and that number doesn’t even include Amazon by the way why not at least try and take some of those slow-moving traffic causing two-ton gas guzzling cars off the road in exchange for a much faster delivery that’s also electric autonomous really quiet in zero emissions and while the solution of dropping down a Droid that could perfectly control its Landing from super high up seem promising and way better than something like this that had been proposed before when they first told me about it I had two main questions one how loud and disruptive are they because the last thing we want are annoying drones buzzing by our rooftops all day and two how safe are they because the other last thing we want is for those same annoying drones to start falling down on us from the sky outside of bonus third question around how a business is even supposed to load in their items for delivery and so in a search for answers I went right to their headquarters not that far down the road from where I live and the first thing you notice in the lobby is this really cool projection that not only shows the total number of flights they’ve flown now at over half million but it also shows all the long-range drones they have in the air at that exact moment delivering those critical medical supplies all around the world and this isn’t now just where they design and build all their drones it’s also where they do a lot of their testing and they test pretty much everything in every way possible before getting it out to the field as quickly as possible and according to their CEO Keller this is something they discovered early on our key Insight was we were dumb and we basically always assumed we were dumb and for that reason when we designed things we got them into the real world super fast and learned by serving real people and you learn so much that you can’t learn in a lab or in an ivory Tower and so before we actually hear just how quiet these things are I just want to Echo that all the best Engineers I’ve ever known have had that same level of humility knowing there’s no better way to learn than to test and to break stuff that’s why I named the toy company I started that has the express School of teaching kids to think like Engineers crunch Labs it’s because they things are supposed to Crunch and to break and to fill along the way and so if I could get them to do more than just passively watch a video by building something alongside me while we talk about the physics of what’s going on then I know that principles will really sink in so if you want to have a ton of fun while building up that resiliency in your brain like a muscle just head to or use the link in the video description alright so to answer my first question on the noise level I’ll just show you my actual reaction to the first time I heard it I mean I hear something that I cannot believe that’s Airborne are you serious and I just wish there was a better way to convey this on video but here’s my best attempt you’ll first hear a leaf blower then a typical hobby drone that weighs one pound then their drone that weighs 50 pounds and of course I’ve kept the audio levels completely untouched for all three that is whisper quiet that is very quiet that cow is [Laughter] I bet the mic picked up that cow and this test was incredibly surprising to me because I sort of just assumed the weight of a thing would exactly determine how loud the propellers will end up being to keep that thing in the air but it turns out that’s not actually true even if you just look at nature pigeons for example sound like this but with owls there’s an evolutionary pressure to be as quiet as possible and as a result their flight sounds like this for this reason to crack the code zipline actually did turn to Nature we studied the hummingbird a lot where you have they have the worst case they’re tiny and they’re really quiet they just they just like hover there you barely hear it by the way that’s Keenan he’s another zipline co-founder and for your robotics nerds he’s the dude who invented Ross which is the open source software used by basically anyone who wants to build anything robotic so whatever to try and visualize the secret of their quiet propellers in this graph the area under the curve could represent the energy from one of those annoying high-pitched hobby drones or the closest of these spikes is the high frequency that’s just sort of grading on your ears so after studying the hummingbird and designing really wild looking rotors like this zipline figured out how to take those spikes and flatten them all out so while the extra weight means there’s still more energy or area under the curve getting rid of all the spikes means it’s much more of a constant whooshing sound more like white noise that your brain just sort of doesn’t register they use the same quiet propeller approach for their long-range drones as you can tell from this doctor with an impeccable taste in YouTube content who just wanted to say hot you’ve seen my videos now you get to be in one have you seen the planes fly over and deliver the supplies here I have not yet seen one come and deposit something here that’s amazing there was just 15 deliveries in the last hour not really quiet if I would have heard it I would have you know gone to see it for my second question regarding safety just like when sending something to Mars all their critical systems have backups on board in engineering we call this redundancy and they even demonstrated for us how if one propeller stops working it could still fly due in part to the large back propeller that picks up the slack and that back propeller is pretty clever by the way because it’s what propels the Drone forward as it moves across town but then it turns down 90 degrees to help steer and create extra lift while it’s stationary and dropping down the Droid in addition to the redundancy a whole aircraft parachute is automatically deployed if there is a problem that’s sensed or if the Drone just loses power altogether and because of their painstaking engineering efforts it’s worth noting in the six years they’ve been operating for those half a million flights they’ve had exactly zero incidents caught causing any injury as for my third bonus question around how the drones get loaded up in the most simple case something like a grocery store could reserve some parking spots as a loading zone or as one of the zipline Engineers told me you can take a window from your local pharmacy and turn it into this portal so the Droid would come down the Chute then some ASAP items like these would get loaded inside then it goes back up the Chute into the Drone and off for delivery for healthcare if you were really sick and say on a 15 minute video call with your doctor by the time the call was ending your medications could be on your back porch so you don’t have to leave your house you could also imagine how this could work with a distribution center or a large retail store more than 90 percent of people in the US live within 10 miles of a large retail store and zipline drones conveniently can make a 10 mile round trip while carrying up to eight pounds an additional win for the planet here is you don’t need to use all the cardboard to box it up because it doesn’t have to survive being shipped out on a big truck but this isn’t just for big stores your favorite local shop or restaurant can now more easily afford to send a thing to your door but an ostensibly much slower cost than a person driving a three thousand pound car to drop it off and as soon as by the end of this year customers such as sweet green will start delivering salads straight to your backyard and not having packages left on front porches is the worst news to hit the porch pyre Community since the invention of the glitter bomb Oh all right all right and we [ __ ] get it okay all right so if your mind isn’t already blown let me try one final time by planting a seed for something we might see much further in the future and to be clear this is not at all from zipline it’s just an idea that won’t leave my head after seeing all this because it stands to reason if the system can work for packages it should be able to work for humans right in other words imagine a bigger drone let’s say it’s an ambulance with more powerful but equally quiet propellers parked so high up in the sky you can hardly see it then it lowers the entire cockpit like the Droid which could quietly touch down in your driveway so you hop in or they put you in on the ground then it reels you in so you can glide above roads and traffic straight to your destination only to be dropped off safely in the same manner alright so finally I just want to wrap up with the coolest part of all of this by far the whole time we were there kids would be lined up at the fence to watch the drones be launched and captured over and and over in fact one kid came up specifically wanting to show Abdul what he built completely on his own and in that moment it was impossible not to compare the complexity of this build to the simple milk carton version Abdul grew up making because here you have Abdul who Bears a scar on his head from the same machete that killed his entire family as a child not only using his engineering knowledge to save the lives of his people but more importantly to inspire the next generation of problem solvers to dream even bigger it’s the type of thing that leaves you feeling a little bit of that contagious Rwandan optimism for the future and the incredible potential of us mere humans in the future your crunchlabs box just might come from the sky and the best part of Abdul’s story is how using the super power of engineering they literally willed something into existence that is now saving lives and as it says on the box my goal with crunch Labs is to help you think like an engineer that means you know how to think critically and break a problem down into manageable steps thinking like an engineer makes you a better soccer player or piano practicer or Math study or because you’re resilient and just like Abdul you know the importance of failing a bunch before you finally hit that break so the way it works is every month a really fun toy comes in a box like this and when you open it there’s a link to a video where you not only build it alongside me but I teach you all the juicy physics principles behind how the toy works and the best part of all is each month we randomly select one box to slip in a platinum ticket and if it happens to be your box oh my God [Applause] then you’re coming out right here to Crunch labs to design with me and my team for a day so if you want to unlock the superpower of learning to create and build whatever you could dream up use the link in the video description or go to and order your buildbox subscription today thanks for watching foreign

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