Drone to airdrop beer at music festival

beerdrone Drone to airdrop beer at music festival

Drones are no longer a sign of impending doom, but may in fact be helpful aids to the thirsty, thanks to new beer-dropping drones developed by Darkwing Aerials for a music festival.

Drones are no longer a sign of impending doom, but may in fact be helpful aids to the thirsty, thanks to new beer-dropping drones developed by Darkwing Aerials for a music festival.

 
Attendees of the OppiKoppi music festival in South Africa from 8-10 August will be able to order beers through an iOS app and they will then be transported via a drone directly to their location.
 
The drone is an octocopter created by SteadiDrone and it features a release mechanism that allows it to drop a can of beer to any sober music-lover in the District 9 campsite of the festival grounds. It is loaded with a little parachute, so that the can does not explode on impact.
 
 
The octocopter has to be piloted manually for now, but Darkwing Aerials is working on automatic delivery technology that will avail of GPS to steer the drone to wherever the signal from the iPhone came from.
 
Presumably the cost of these cans of beer is much higher than standard, given the extra technology, parachutes, and piloting manpower required, but some people will likely have no issue spending a few extra bucks for the sheer cool factor of it all.
 
So next time you see a drone flying overheard, don't despair: it might not be carrying an arsenal of weapons, but rather some refreshing, thirst-quenching beer instead.
 
Source: GizMag