Monday, April 2, 2012
It's a bird, it's a plane, no its....WTF
Several years ago when my son regularly had sleepovers during the weekends he and his rugrat friends very often would surround me as I lay in my easy chair trying to relax and demand I make a Taco Bell run or suffer the consequences. Despite my pleas for them to leave me alone so I could watch the pretty pictures on the idiot box the idea of listening to five to seven kids upstairs destroying the family room to the wee hours of the morning was usually more than enough to motivate me to rush to my car and go buy twenty-dollars worth of crunchy goodness to appease the hungry mini-mob. Of course, I always got my cut of the tacos even though I paid the price by enduring late night heartburn.
Given the nature of using the late-night Taco Bell drive thru I always had to talk slowly and plainly at the speaker breaking down my words into single consonants so the person on the other end could understand me. Since my order was simple I would eventually make my intentions known but for the other late night participants of fast food capitalism they would often get caught in a nightmarish quagmire of trying to get far to elaborate with their demands. This usually resulted in loud yells at the speaker along with extended stays at the pick-up window as orders were corrected.
But thank God for modern American entrepreneurial spirit, while still just a concept, some bright boy or girl has decided to take unmanned drones into the business world of airborne food delivery. No longer would they be used just to fire Hellfire missiles at unarmed civilians making terrorists recruiting drives all the more easier. If everything eventually works out, one day the sky will be abuzz with unmanned insect looking helicopters delivery tacos at first but it will surely evolve into other areas like hamburgers and pizzas. We can't compete with the rest of the world in supplying health care, decent infrastructure, or civil rights but we sure can think of ways of getting our required fast food.
God Bless America!!!!!
TacoCopter Delivers tacos by quadrocopter: Is this for real?
We at GeekTech love ourselves some quadrotors. We also love ourselves some delicious tacos, so when you can find a way to combine the two, well, you've got our attention. As its name suggests, TacoCopter is a new service that claims to let you order tacos online, and have them delivered to you by way of a quadrotor helicopter. An unmanned robotic quadrotor, that is.
If this is a real thing, holy carp.
According to the (very basic) TacoCopter website, you can order tacos using your smartphone, though it's unclear whether or not TacoCopter uses a native app or a smartphone-friendly website to accomplish this. TacoCopter is currently in private beta, and is currently only for those of us in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We don't know if this is for real, how long it takes an order to arrive, or--most importantly--whether the tacos are any good, but we're intrigued. It's hard to not be at least a little skeptical, though; I imagine there are all sorts of logistical issues that would have to be figured out for something like this to work. If it is real, though, and if we get a chance to try it out, we'll let you know how it goes.
Food delivery by flying robots: Good idea or bad idea? Leave a comment. And if you've done something ridiculously awesome with quadrotors or something similar, why not tell us about it?
Update, March 23: As we kind of suspected, TacoCopter isn't an actual service. Wired caught up with Star Simpson, the person who dreamed up the idea, who explained that it's just a concept. Still, don't let that stop you from picking up an AR.Drone, attaching a bag full of tacos to it, and flying it around your back yard!