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As an Amazon Prime member, I enjoy the benefits of ordering health supplements online. Competitive prices, better quality and fast delivery are amongst those benefits. A good quality probiotics can cost $65-$90 per bottle. However, delivery time and transit conditions (i.e. temperature and humidity) has to be optimum to yield a successful delivery and keep the living organisms viable. 


Most health supplement companies don’t even bother packaging probiotics with dry ice. Most send them using USPS First class mail that takes 3-5 business days, and a few use 2-day delivery with dry ice. Even then, the package is received with the ice melted and the viability of the therapeutic bacteria is in question.  There must be a better way!


In 2015, Amazon teased a “Prime Air” drone delivery system that would allow packages to be delivered to houses within thirty minutes, and I thought to myself how nice it would be to receive my probiotics on the same day in the optimum temperature.


Amazon’s Prime Air deliveries aren’t happening as promised, but Amazon appears to be fully committed to pursuing them. Now, other companies, including Google and Walgreens, are working to implement drone deliveries. Project Wing, a GoogleX project, is an autonomous delivery drone service set to start a trial delivering merchandise from participating Walgreens to houses within six miles.


Project Wing opens up a plethora of opportunities, from delivering medical prescriptions to emergency equipment, such as heart defilibators. Project Wing not only makes shopping more convenient, but it could also potentially save lives.

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