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Beer Drones To Deliver Brew to Concertgoers

"Thirsty music festivalgoers in South Africa this summer may be able to get beer instantly delivered to them — via drones.

During August's OppiKoppi Music Festival, attendees can order beers from their phones to be delivered the event's District 9 campsite. The beer-equipped drones will swoop down and deliver beer via parachute to the appropriate customer, as explained in the video above. The organizers say the beer drones are now hand-guided, but in the future they'll fly on a GPS grid.

But this 21st-century service might not fly without its share of turbulence: Targeting the right customer amongst the crowds at OppiKoppi will be an interesting challenge to overcome. And festival attendees might not have the greatest sense of motor control for catching their drink order, after having one too many."


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Ron Paul Was Right

Take a note Obama,

this is the correct way to use a drone.

If ignorance is bliss, Washington DC must be heaven.

Right idea, wrong implementation

I can't see any accuracy when including a parachute. It just seems like a missed opportunity.

Last year, I helped one of our sons lay out a mechanical engineering senior project to do this fully autonomously. It was ultimately rejected but we based it on a hover point that was about 5 feet above the target and slowing lowering. Upon ordering, the customer's phone app would display a full screen QR code to the drone which facilitated the transaction and provided the target. The product (pizza and 2-liter bottles for homes, hot dogs and drinks for public) was hung from a cord and magnetically locked in place. When the customer took the weight off the cord, it released the magnet, the cord let loose and the weight shift started the quad-copter on its journey back to home base. We estimated that we could reach a mile radius in 150 seconds and with swappable battery packs and multiple copters, we could serve a dozen at a time. As a delivery service for businesses, we could deliver 4+ pounds to and from any nearby locations for about 20 cents of power.

His instructor opted instead for a car the followed a line on the ground and circled specific colored cones autonomously. It was still a pretty interesting project to follow but there was no beer reward. :(