We were as bummed as anyone to learn back in March that a Bay Area startup that surfaced on the Internet (where everything is usually true) offering drone-delivered tacos
was a hoax. Or maybe not a hoax, but a dream that was not really going to be realized in the foreseeable future. Anyhow, it was disappointing given the fact that we at Popular Science love both unmanned aerial vehicles and carnitas. But it did make for a great viral story, and one that would soon have competition.
Small-but-awesome research lab Darwin Aerospace unveiled its own Burrito Bomber
in early December--that's a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle capable of para-dropping heavy carne asada payloads directly to a location based on GPS data generated by a smartphone app (the idea being that you use the app to order the burrito and then it comes to where you are, just like tacocopter would have if it hadn't been a cruel Cali-Mex-based joke). While neither concept operates commercially, rest assured robotic food delivery is on the horizon. In 2012 we caught our first glimpse of that scrumptious UAV-enabled future.