Drone Startups part 5: Gofor prank

Dear friends,

Although only five months young, dronologista blog has grown and needs a new attire.

As of 1st of September, dronologista.com moves to a new hosting, new address and slightly changes the appearance . Content will remain the same, and dronologista will continue to provide information about non-military drones only.


And now something completely different. Previous drone startup posts featured ideas that are being actively pursued by visionaries around the world. Today’s post will be about Uber for drones, Gofor.

Imagine a drone service that provides drones on demand, when you need it, where you need it. Imagine an app for your iPhone or whatever smart device you have that will call that drone for you. That, in short, is what Gofor is. The only problem is that it actually doesn’t exist.

It is a brainchild of Alex Cornell, a San Francisco based graphic artist, drone enthusiast, known for his earlier, dystopian video ‘Our Drone Future’.

An experiment of designing and pitching a startup, created a veritable internet frenzy. The Youtube video at the beginning of this post has more than 30.000 views and numerous comments ranging from ‘love it <3’ to ‘welcome to NSA’. Since posting up a video and setting up the webpage, Alex Cornell got emails from Google and Texas Instruments employees, asking if he was hiring, that is how crazy it got.

Although Gofor is kind of April Foolsday jokes, it is not the sort of prank made to fool anyone. Technology isn’t nowhere near yet, but it is getting there. And it is quite possible that in a couple of years, possibly less, there will be a startup offering exactly the same service.

In the end, it would be useful to have a drone to find an empty parking spot for you.




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