World's first drone cafe opens in Netherlands (video)

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World's first drone cafe opens in Netherlands (video)Students at Eindhoven University of Technology are launching what they say is the world’s first drone cafe on Friday, featuring drones that can take orders and serve them

Would you like a drone with your cocktail? The world's first cafe using the tiny domestic unmanned aircraft as servers has opened in a Dutch university.

The pop-up drone cafe will be serving up all weekend as part of celebrations for the "Dream and Dare" festival marking the 60th anniversary of the Eindhoven University of Technology.

The 20 students behind the project, who spent nine months developing and building the autonomous drone, aim to show how such small inside craft could become an essential part of modern daily life.

"It has potential as a useful tool for human kind," said student and project leader Tessie Hartjes.

"We see it as the next mobile phone ... you choose and you program it [to do what] you want."

'A glimpse of the future'

The drone, nicknamed Blue Jay, and which resembles a small white flying saucer with a luminescent strip for eyes, flies to a table and hovers as it takes a client's order, who points to the list to signal what they would like.

"The blue eyes of the first drone load" up by scanning the list to register the order, said Ms Hartjes.

"Once it's fully loaded, then the order is ready. And another one comes with the order in a cup in the grip."

The cafe is offering four different alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, which are either bright blue or green — the same colour as the drone's "eyes".

The drinks are picked up and carried by a set of pinchers underneath the drone, in a bid to show that the aerial machines could be used to carry out delicate missions such as delivering medicines or even helping to track down burglars.

Endless applications 

Each drone has cost about 2,000 euros ($2,910) to build, in a project funded by the university which the students say aims "to give a glimpse of the future".

Thanks to sensors and a long battery life they can fly inside buildings and navigate crowded interiors, unlike other drones, which rely on a GPS system.

"The Blue Jay is an intelligent bird that lives in complex, social environments," the students said in a video presenting their work.

They believe the drone's applications could be endless: as extinguishers to put out fires, alarm systems to warn of intruders or mini-servants which would respond to commands such as "fetch me an apple".

"We believe that one day, domestic drones will be a part of society," said one of the students in the video presentation.

"One day, a drone could be a friend."

Source: AFP

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