Sadly, Tacocopter was not a reality. But maybe quadcopters could disrupt the near-dominant hold that children have on ring-bearing at weddings.
Otavio Good, creator of Word Lens, the app that translates written words while you’re traveling in foreign countries, used a quadcopter to deliver his wedding rings by air yesterday.
When the marriage official asked him for the ring, Good shrugged. Then a harpist strummed up the James Bond theme, while a quadcopter emerged out of the nearby Pulgas Water Temple in Redwood City, flew across a pond and landed in Good’s hands.
He untied a ribbon, carrying the two wedding rings and then set the quadcopter free like a dove and it flew away into the distance. Good’s brother, Kevin, who also serves as the “Director of Flying Robot Arts” at a Washington D.C.-area drone group, commandeered the quadcopter.
No one is really sure whose idea it was between, Good, his brother and Good’s now wife and cancer researcher Zinaida Tebaykina. Commercial and recreational quadcopters have been used to film mountain climbing, concerts and monitor oil pipelines for environmental hazards. It’s not even actually the first time they’ve been used to deliver rings to a wedding (maybe it’s the second) or propose to a woman.
“It was kind of an excuse to buy a quadcopter,” Otavio Good said. “We just modded it and brought it out here.”
Video is courtesy of Jelena Jovanovic, a technical program manager at Google who attended Good and Tebaykina’s wedding.