Flirtey drones broach hosiery from a sky during Menlo Ventures’ annual partner meeting
Around a world, drones have been delivering life-saving drugs and blood to clinics, and contrarily juicy treats like burritos, pizza, and Slurpees to homes or campuses.
Civilian drones have also conducted large surveys of farms, construction sites, and notice around venues with a high confidence risk.
Now, in a attempt that begs to be spoofed by Mike Judge for his HBO series Silicon Valley, Menlo Ventures portfolio association Flirtey has delivered socks from a sky above the Rosewood Hotel during a firm’s annual singular partner meeting.
The smoothness worker was operated by a Flirtey worker from a oppulance hotel’s parking lot. Although Flirtey’s unmanned aerial vehicles can fly autonomously, hotel guilt concerns and internal regulations would not concede it.
The drones dropped tradition swag done by another Menlo Ventures-backed company, Stance, a kind of Cafepress or Zazzle for socks whose competitors embody SockClub, Eversox and others.
Menlo Ventures’ Managing Director Mark A. Siegel tells TechCrunch, “The Rosewood demo was a small gimmicky and everybody took it in good humor. However, there was a critical angle to it. We wanted investors to get vehement about a new slicing corner area in that we are creation some confidant bets.”
Menlo invested in Flirtey’s seed round, and has also corroborated worker showing association DeDrone, that recently helped authorities in Las Vegas to brand and understanding with unapproved drones in a no fly section during a final presidential debate.
Siegel believes that there are still many engaging worker tech and worker services providers estimable of backing, and means to beget a earnings approaching from try investors.
He laments that a U.S. is already lagging in worker delivery. “New Zealand already allows it,” a financier said, “Australia, Japan, Belgium, Netherlands seem to all be forward of us.”
Regulation is a biggest jump to permitting drone-based, aerial logistics to develop in a U.S., he believes.
“We still need some tech [development] on collision deterrence and safety, though those will be solved really soon. The FAA has actually taken a really on-going stance, and has spelled out a trail to beyond-line-sight delivery, where da worker user is just looking during a monitor, and smoothness over populated areas, though it’s still misleading when entirely unconstrained smoothness will be allowed.”
Featured Image: Flirtey Inc. (IMAGE HAS BEEN MODIFIED)
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