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Drones used to drop beer at music festival

By Mason White 5:47 PM August 11, 2013
Drone that delivered beer 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A crowd was overjoyed as a drone appeared in the sky and dropped beer to the participants of a music festival.

The incident occurred at a South African music festival.

The Oppikoppi festival in the country’s northern Limpopo province used applications and GPS technology to accurately drop plastic cups full of beer for festival goers.

Customers, who ordered beer through a smartphone application, were served their beverage by a drone that hovered 50 feet above the crowd.

Carel Hoffmann, director of the festival, explained how the application worked: “The delivery guys set up a drown and when they received the order through the application they dropped a cup of beer with a parachute directly at the customer below.”

The beer dispensing drone has been nicknamed “’Mana” in a nod to the history of the Old Testament, about bread falling from heaven to feed the Israelites traveling through desert.

“It’s an almost biblical thing to see beer falling from the sky,” Hoffmann said. “Every time it dropped a parachute, a crowd of 5,000 cheered,” she also said.