Drones aren't delivering to your doorstep just yet, but they're "already proving their worth with more urgent, medical missions," said Jack Stewart at Wired. Hospitals in Switzerland are testing a drone network built by Silicon Valley startup Matternet to quickly shuttle blood and other medical samples to and from testing facilities.


Right now, "hospitals move those supplies using third-party couriers that tend to be expensive and unreliable." Matternet's drone stations are small enough that hospitals can install them in parking lots or on rooftops. "To send a package, you just pop whatever needs carrying into a bright red, shoebox-size container," which is automatically slotted into one of Matternet's quadcopter drones and sent off to its destination. The company hopes to eventually expand beyond health care.