Friday, March 30, 2012

Fooling-Around Friday: Tacocopter - Fast Food, Delivered Fast

Earlier this week, an Internet driven spoof got underway based on reports of the latest Silicone Valley start up: "Tacocopter".  As envisioned, customers would use their smart phones to order and pay for desired taco items, then an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Tacocopter would use the GPS coordinates of the customer's phone for a "Taco-drop".  By week's end, just about every angle had been worked to wring the laughs out of the story, from semi-serious reporting, to a mock-up website, and, of course, a feature on The Colbert Report.  Which, if you have four minutes before heading out the door for the weekend, you can view below:

Comment:  I like it, and I'm not laughing.  That's because I can think of a very real way to use the joke. How about this type of UAV to deliver Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE's) to individuals stranded on rooftops during flooding, or in other disaster circumstances where ground borne help is still a few days away?  Can you say "Flying St. Bernard?" 

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