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Monday, July 13, 2015

Video: Drone Drops Whoppers For Homeless People in SF

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 5:34 PM

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Could drones be the answer to solving hunger among the homeless? Or just an ethically murky mash-up of technology and altruism?

In 2014, Dronelyfe, a San Francisco-based production company that specializes in aerial video and photography, collaborated with L.A.-based filmmaker Mitch Surette to create a video in which a claw-handed drone drops Burger King Whoppers into the hands of homeless people.

The Independent and Daily Mail over in the UK “rediscovered” the video last week, launching anew wild speculation about the video’s origins and purpose. In an interview with Popular Science, Kristopher Kneen of Dronelyfe confirmed that the video wasn’t a publicity stunt and wasn’t sponsored by Burger King. Kneen called the air-dropped burgers a “proof-of-concept.”

It's unclear whether that concept is better than filming homeless people scrambling after air-dropped hamburgers.

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