TU/e opens the world’s first drone café

2016 was one big highlight for us with our 60th anniversary, groundbreaking research, world champions, world records and of course the world's first drone cafe.

The world’s first drone café will be opened on Friday 22 April by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) on the university campus. The pop-up café features a number of drones that can take orders and serve them. The drone café is an initiative by 20 students under the name of Blue Jay, and is part of the three-day  'Dream & Dare Festival' marking the 60th anniversary of the university’s foundation. The café is open to the public each day from 22 to 24 April.

Helpful droned
The makers aim to demonstrate the potential of new drone applications. That’s why the prototypes that will be flying around in the drone café are based on four key aspects: safety, helpfulness thanks to a multifunctional gripper, communication and autonomy. These enable the drones to serve drinks independently and autonomously. But they can do a lot more than that, says Tessie Hartjes, student and team manager of the project: “For example you could think of applications like fire prevention, tracking down burglars or delivering medicines.”
 
Visitors to the drone café will be able to experience for themselves what the drones can do. But the team want to do more than that. “We all need to decide together what tasks new technologies can carry out for us in the future”, says Hartjes.

TU/e 60 years
This year sees the 60th anniversary of the founding of TU/e, and the university is celebrating this occasion with a three-day festival held on its campus in Eindhoven. Members of the public are welcome each day to be surprised by the science and technology that will be on show. The Drone Café is open each day (Friday from 12:00 – 14:00 hours, Saturday from 12:00 to 23:00 hours, and Sunday from 12:00 tot 18:00 hours). Students will also be working on a new world record beer crates bridge, there will be live performances and a range of science and technology demonstrations. To check the program, visit www.tue.nl/60years

2016 was one big highlight for us with our 60th anniversary, groundbreaking research, world champions, world records and of course the world's first drone cafe.