This August, drones will drop payloads all over South Africa's OppiKoppi music festival, and there's a good chance no one will mind. Probably because the payload is beer.
Customers thirsty for beer will order beer with their phones, then someone will attach a parachute to a beer, load that beer into an octorotor, and the octorotor will fly overhead, release the beer, and the beer parachutes to the person who ordered it (hopefully).
For test flights, the drone is remotely piloted, but the goal is to make the process far more autonomous, with drones flying themselves to coordinates on a GPS delivery grid.
This isn't the first attempt at delivering concessions via robot: the sadly-a-hoax Taco Copter first captured the stomachs of a hungry and tech-savvy public, before the Burrito Bomber offered a hopefully more real future of stuffed tortilla delivery. There's still a chance for the OppiKoppi beer drone to win hearts and minds (and the ire of livers) by actually delivering on its promises.
In doing so, it offers a good idea of what commercial drones will look like in action. Come the FAA's new rules for unmanned aircraft in 2015, we might even see beer drones stateside.
Watch of video of the glorious beer-robot future below:
Dude! Where's my beer?
so... because its related to alcohol.. its suddenly very important news.
If it were to deliver, lets say water... noone would bother making a article of it.
Cool application of the available technologie. However, if the chute does not function correctly and someone gets clobbered on the head with the delivery there could possibly be some liability issues.
...(nasely voice of personal injury lawyer in court room) Your Honor, my client suffered sevier injury and is traumatized due to the gross negligence of the operator of the delivery system...
PopSci has previously covered the use of drones for water delivery (and food, medicine, etc.). For example, there's this article:
"Introducing the Matternet, A Network of Drones For Deliveries In Remote Locations": posted on 08.29.2011.
So they're gonna drop beer into a crowd at a music festival, and assume that it will reach the right person.
I think that the chances of this working out are slim and none -- and slim just left town.
Popsci -- do us a favor and follow up on this event.
This video was made at Seapoint Promenade, Cape Town (33.909162 South; 18.39107 East) which is over 1000 miles away from OppiKoppi, near Limpopo (24° 52' 26.72" South; +27° 8' 35.88" East).
Guess those octorotor drones have mega fuel efficiency AND RC range AND 3000+ feet altitude climbing ability!
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