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The only good drone is a beer drone!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by NuttyJim, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. NuttyJim

    NuttyJim Registered User

    Feb 18, 2006
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    I wanted to post this in either Off Topic or the Science thread but I wanted more people to see this. This is truly awesome. I would love to see this at Sports Events and Concerts in the US.


    Drone delivers beer not bombs at S.Africa music festival

    AFP - Revellers at a South African outdoor rock festival no longer need to queue to slake their thirst -- a flying robot will drop them beer by parachute.
    After clients place an order using a smartphone app, a drone zooms 15 metres (50 feet) above the heads of the festival-goers to make the delivery.
    Carel Hoffmann, director of the Oppikoppi festival held on a dusty farm in the country's northern Limpopo province, said the app registers the position of users using the GPS satellite chips on their phones.
    "The delivery guys have a calibrated delivery drone. They send it to the GPS position and drops it with a parachute," he explained.
    The drone was built in South Africa and nicknamed "Manna" after the Old Testament-story of bread that fell from the sky to feed the Israelites travelling through the desert following their exodus from Egypt.
    "It's an almost Biblical thing that beer is dropping from the sky," said Hoffmann.
    The beer, free at this stage, is dropped in plastic cups and the drone is performing well.
    "Every time it drops a parachute a crowd of 5,000 cheers," he said.

    Seems they need to work on the parachute, it drops pretty quick.
  2. Ego

    Ego The Only Thing Bigger Than My Head

    Feb 15, 2005
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    The strings are too long. Then again, its low opening helps with more accurate delivery.
  3. maz

    maz TRueWDTer

    Feb 16, 2005
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    What if it's windy ?
    I'm sure there will be no beer ownership fights among a bunch of drunken concert -goers

    Cool concept though
  4. Ballbuster1

    Ballbuster1 In The Danger Zone...
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    Aug 26, 2002
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    Yeah, I could see this going over well at a Kenny Chesney concert.
    Them idiots show up at 8 am for an 8pm show at the Linc.

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