You order a book. In 30 minutes an unmanned, toy-sized drone lands in your back garden with your delivery.
If Amazon's new mode of future transport sounds too good to be true that's because it probably is. Nice idea, but shame about those telephone wires that can bring down the flight, that tree that has just been planted denying a good landing spot, and the customer who has no back garden but instead lives on the seventh floor of a 15 storey tower block. Reaction in the tech world to the Amazon drones have ranged from outright mockery - Jim Dalrymple reckons kids will have a field day trying to bring them down - to deep cynicism about the company's motives. What better way to distract disgruntled customers from reports of poor working conditions in Amazon warehouses, or its dubious tax arrangements?