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!


Red Nomad OZ said...

Hahaha!! Some people think that spiking kid's food/drink with calming drugs is evil. I'm not so sure ...

PS Why not have your Mid Life Crisis on an Aussie Island!!! I'm sure DW would actually go along with it if you promised to take her too ...

Pixel Peeper said...

Boy, did you bring back some memories...! If that's the Taco Bell across the street from the post office, they'll need more than Taco drones to improve their customer service.

Life As I Know It Now said...

and although no one wants to hear about it--Taco Bell uses the lowest grade of beef allowed by law so it's even worse than McDonald's. I know! It's hard to imagine that being possible!!! :)

lime said...

this is an april fool's joke, right?

Windsmoke. said...

Insect looking helicopters to deliver junk food, maybe next century, its a novel idea all the same :-).

Cloudia said...

you crazy kids get off of my roof!

Aloha from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral


Randal Graves said...

Dear TacoCopter, Inc.

We need to have a friendly chat. We've some ideas.



Akelamalu said...

We don't have Taco Bell here. We have Mcdonald's but I never go there, it's junk!

Mr. Charleston said...

Since I can't understand the squawk box anymore than they can understand me I've given up and order by number whenever I go through a fast food drive through. But, come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I did go through a drive through. Could be they have touch-screen menus by now.

Ranch Chimp said...

Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh : ) ... "Fast Food Capitalism" and "Airborne Food Delivery" eh? ... I like that Bum : ) ... but dont give them any idea's, eh

No nall caca aside guy, there is a bigtime corporate takeover of food's in this country in general, the marketing being done (BS) and everything else ... bottom line guy, serious health concern's to come at the rate were going, and mega insurer's dont care, because they are gonna make sure we pay it all, period ... and no one give's a rat's ass about health who dictate's ... to them ... human's are more or less a commodity or asset until they become to much of an epense to them, and then they become a liabilty. I have a series that I was actually fixin to add some news to that I got from RT America ... about some of the corporate maneuvering (about 4 major corporation's that control all the food basically if I recall correctly) ... also WalMart I believe get's one of every $4 dollar's spent in this country on food ... basically like most other stuff, it's these mega industries that control the food lobby in Washington's "Capitalism Hill" : )

The only reason I even cover this stuff, is because last year I started to watch everything that I eat (diet shit) due to my age, after all ... I ate badly for year's, and I'm 56, so I figured it's time to take a break, but been just reading up on the label's and ingredient's from fast food's to all the herd product's sold in the mainstream market's ... I was blown away in shock of what we eat ( calling our burger's from fast food to home made ..."Burger's & Bomb's", because they are just that and can turn into ammonium nitrate or such) ... when the "pink slime" news hit mainstream (I done the series, called something like "Whole Food's, Half Truth's" or similar title) as far as this countries beef product (fast food or otherwise across the board) it was dealt with quick ... notice that once people jumped up and told the market's they didnt want to buy any more of their meat, they all stopped selling it, and even some of the industry had to shut down for awhile. And the thing is, if we are going to act, we need to act now, because America is on the way bout the door as I have said before, the big future market's are in place's like China and India, etc ... right now were just getting milked for every dime they can get in last minute milking's,after they get it all, their all going to walk, and abando this country, bank on it. Basically what I am saying Bum, is that the power to change is actually within our own hand's ... the reason we get so ramrodded in this nation of mega marketing on everything, is simple that we are so pre- occupied with bullshit and nowhere issue's, that we ignore what is really getting stuck to us.

Anywayz Bum ... good post ... Later

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Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Can't get the link on the original piece to work. Is that just conceptual, too?

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