Beer Bombs set to drop at Oppikoppi
Drones . . . UAV’s.
Not normally something one would associate with positive thoughts. Well, not if you’re me at least. When someone says drone I think of top secret bombing missions behind enemy lines, and the kind of government surveillance that makes 1984 look like the New York Times. It also makes my tinfoil hat look slightly less ridiculous.
There are South African companies who actually produce and export unmanned aerial vehicles to other countries. But it’s not until now that we’ve cranked out a game changer. Something that will revolutionise both the scope of drone use and your perception of how Terminator like technologies are shaping our future. What could this leap forward in human ingenuity be? Beer drones.
That’s right. They’re no longer just for dropping bombs or peaking in your bathroom window. Drones have gone full on distributor.
Dubbed the OppiKoppi Beer Drone, this octorotor is set to makes its debut at the festival this year. It all sounds pretty simple. Call the beer vendor from your cellphone, order your favourite and wait for delivery. The drone operator will load the mini chopper up with a can of beer attached to a plastic parachute and send it out on a mission to drop a beer bomb on your head. Well – not ON your head, but hopefully where the GPS coordinates have told the little drop ship you’re going to be. Upon arrival, it’s beer launch and hopefully a happy customer.
Well, it’s actually more of the phone application that allows the drone to know where the heck to go, but I think it’s pretty cool myself. In addition to personal deliveries, the developers are working on mapping a holding pattern over the entirety of the festival grounds. Who knows – maybe they’ll start randomly floating beer down into the eager hands of thirsty concert goers . . . who may or may not beat each other over the head for said booze.
It’s a novel idea, but I’m not sure how it’s going to be executed efficiently. But then again, maybe it’s not about being efficient, but more about the fact that we’ve come to a point in our technological development where we’re using a technology originally developed for military use to get people buzzed at concerts. Awesome.
Just for kicks, check out how these guys are taking care of the food side of the equation. Now if we could only get both at the same festival . . .