Music Festival to Feature Beer Delivery Drones

The Oppikoppi music festival will sate fans' thirst with drone-delivered beers.

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A video of a trial run of the technology shows an octocopter (an eight-rotored, unmanned flying vehicle) dropping single cans of beer, attached to a parachute.

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It's not quite the mothership seen in the movie, but hovering aircraft will be making at appearance at South Africa's Oppikoppi music festival, with campers staying at the festival's "District 9" campsite getting the change to order drone-delivered beer.

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According to festival organizers, campers will be able to use their phone to queue up a drone-delivered brew.

A video of a trial run of the technology shows an octocopter (an eight-rotored, unmanned flying vehicle) dropping single cans of beer—attached to a parachute—from high above a field. For now, the drones are remotely-controlled, but a Facebook post by the festival's organizers suggests that by the time the festival rolls around in August, the process will be fully automated.

"This is the sort of ordinance drones should really deliver all over the world," the post says. "At the moment it is hand guided, but it will eventually fly on a GPS grid."

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Oppikoppi has been held every year since 1994 in South Africa's Limpopo Province along the country's northern border with Zimbabwe. The three-day festival generally features South African rock bands.

Last year, a San Francisco-based startup flirted with the idea of using a drone to deliver tacos to hungry customers.

 

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