The Colbert Report was all about a new report about the potential of using UAVs to deliver tacos.
I first read of it in HuffPost about two weeks ago in a Tech article by Jason Gilbert
"Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!
It's an unmanned drone helicopter shooting a taco from space down at you and your colleagues during lunchtime!
The Internet is going wild for Tacocopter, perhaps the next great startup out of Silicon Valley, which boasts a business plan that combines four of the most prominent touchstones of modern America: tacos, helicopters, robots and laziness."
I have a problem with the Tacocopter and I'm disappointed that Mr Colbert didn't take this up: how could America allow the first aerial home delivery be something like a taco? Tacos are not American. I propose something more American, like hamburgers or frankfurters.
The second thing, though, it just occurred to me that this could solve my check out line issue.
If you recall, the idea is to have robot arms fill your robot shopping cart from the order you submit through the Internet (or your phone). The shopping cart scans items as they're added, then will pay the bill. When the shopping is completed, you'd pull your car up, validate the bill, and transfer your groceries from your cart to your car.
The problem there is that you'd now have a line of cars pulling up to get their groceries. It'd be like picking up children at school. You've seen the parking lots. You know what that's like.
But Tacocopter can solve our problem.
1. We'll line the carts with a mesh bag. That way the groceries are bagged as they're added.
2. Once the shopping is completed, the bag will be closed, tied and removed from the cart.
3. The bag is then attached to a UAV and launched for your home, then dropped in your yard.
We need a good name for this airborne delivery service. Food Flight?
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