Instead of dropping missiles on villages in the Middle East, what if drone technology was used for something a little more fun? What if they were used to deliver beer?
That’s the idea the organizers of the Oppikoppi music festival in South Africa had. Rather than stand in a long line to claim a frosted barley beverage, concert goers could simply order a beer from a smartphone app and have it delivered by a drone flying about 50 feet in the air. The beer drones would locate the user with their smartphone’s GPS and drop the beer with a parachute.
The drone was named “Manna,” referencing an Old Testament story of bread falling from the sky to feed Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. Carel Hoffman, the director of the Oppikoppi festival, told Breitbart that it felt “almost Biblical” to drop beer from the sky.
What’s truly remarkable was that the beer was dropped in plastic cups, and Hoffman said they were performing well. The fact that spillage and beer interceptors weren’t a factor certainly does seem miraculous.
Perhaps even more amazing, at least from the point of view of American festival-goers, is that the beer at the Oppikoppi festival was free.
“Every time it drops a parachute a crowd of 5,000 cheers,” Hoffman said.
Could a beer drone ever work at an American music festival? What other things could drones drop on a music festival? Let us know in the comments.
Originally from Northern California, Ryan W. Neal came to New York to earn his master's in journalism from Columbia University. He joined IB Times April 2013, and is a writer...