Foxtrot

The Concept

The Foxtrot is a food delivery drone system designed to deliver food ingredients directly to you when you are viewing a cooking show. It’s a complete system that would link together TV show producers, media companies, grocery store owners, and consumers.

 

The Background

Lots of people watch cooking shows on TV, and I was wondering if it would be possible to link smartphones with cooking shows to easily order all the ingredients to make a recipe. The Foxtrot could thus take in those requests and deliver the food directly to you in less than 30 minutes. That’s a good way to redefine the term ‘fast food’!

 

How It Works

The Foxtrot would be powered by six electric motors. In fact, it would probably become a new standard “food delivery model” designed and built by existing drone companies. The flying would be done by the Foxtrot’s onboard computer, which would follow a flight path updated in real time based on incoming customer requests.

First, a show’s producers, networks, and local grocery store owners would adhere to the Foxtrot system by using a simple tablet. Employees of the supermarket would then look at the “order predictions” on their application and prefill orders by picking up the right ingredients from the aisles and putting them in a standardized bag. New recipes would be designed to make sure the drone is able to carry them to destination based on weight and dimensions.

When real orders would come in from clients, the Foxtrot would notify store employees of incoming pick-ups and include an estimated delivery time. The employees would simply place the bag inside the Drone’s basket and the Foxtrot would take off to its client.

The Foxtrot would provide shipping notifications through the app (departure, ETA, etc.) and leave its cargo on the balcony or the front steps of your home. When the food (or product) is delivered, a picture could be taken by the drone to confirm delivery and apply the charge to your account.

The TV show producers would include the list of ingredients on the Foxtrot app and grocery stores could be notified in advance of the new recipes to prepare themselves. Of course, this could also be applied to other products.

 

What It’s Used For

I am not a hard-core fan of ‘express consumption,’ but it would be nice to have such a system in place that would link various media (TV, Web, Social Networks) with shipping companies (drones or existing vehicles) and consumers. If you avoid taking a 4,000-pound car to the store to bring home 4 pounds of ingredients, you will also save fuel and pollute less.

 

The Industrial Designer

The Foxtrot concept was developed in collaboration with Ashish Thulkar, an Industrial Designer from Bangalore, India. Ashish graduated with a master’s degree in design from the Indian Institute of Science in 2014. He currently works as a freelance vehicle designer at the Indian Institute of Science. He also created the Drone Tower concept and the Mozeca urban commuting driverless motorcycle.

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