Welcome to the Future: Amazon Previews Drone Delivery Service (VIDEO)

11/30/2015 at 05:32 PM ET

Online shoppers, the dreaded 5 to 7 business day wait to receive your goodies may soon be be a thing of the past.

In a new video released on Sunday, Amazon showed a preview of Prime Air, the service that uses drones to deliver packages in “30 minutes or less,” and it all seems very futuristic.

The video shows flight footage of the helicopter-like devices—which Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezo’s first announced plans for in 2013—flying at 400 feet above ground.

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The drones, weighing 55 lbs., can carry packages up to 5 lbs. and use “sense and avoid technology” to avoid obstacles on the ground and in the air. Once they arrive at their destination, the “miracle of modern technology” scans for a safe place to land.

Though the drones didn’t make it in time for this year’s Cyber Monday, the company says shoppers can expect to place their orders with the service in the “not too distant future.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Marion on

How does it do when a falcon or eagle attacks it?

Harry Junk on

Jeff Bezos is a human chancre. I can’t wait to shoot these things right out of the sky

fed up on

Oh great idea Amazon. So now planes filled with innocent people can dodge drones left and right. Not to mention wildlife.

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