10 Ways Rich People Are Using Drones for Their Rich People Enjoyment
This week, Martha Stewart penned an ode to her drone in Time, expressing amazement at the autonomous machines and asking us to “imagine what Louis XIV could have accomplished at Versailles if he’d had one.”
The whole thing is very Martha Stewart-y. But it’s not in the least surprising. Martha, a very wealthy woman who occasionally drinks high tea at The Plaza Hotel with her award-winning chow chow, is part of a growing class of rich people who adore their drones.
Drones cost a lot of money, make headlines, and can function as mini-servants sans salaries. They’re fun to play with, too, as you can see from my survey of extravagant drone use below. Take a look at how the rich have been using these aerial machines to enhance their already-lavish lives:
1. Surveying their estates.
Martha Stewart’s estate, as photographed by her drone. (The Martha Blog)
As Stewart wrote in her magazine, she operates her Parrot A.R. Drone 2.0 from her iPad, so she “can send it out over the farm — I love getting overhead shots of the gardens and livestock.”
In case you’d like to be reminded of what little real estate you own in comparison, feel free to peruse her gorgeous property over at her blog.
2. Getting bottle service in da club.
The Marquee Dayclub, an exclusive, boozy bar and pool on the Las Vegas Strip, offered a one-time drone bottle service special during Memorial Day weekend. The drone, which carried a bucket with a liquor bottle, was flown close to a gaggle of bikini-clad partiers. Its recipient quickly plucked it from the robot and resumed the festivities. “It was very well received,” the club’s press person told Yahoo Tech. “So it likely will be done again in the future.”
3. Filming their opulent weddings.
In June, New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney held a very luxe wedding in Hudson Valley, for which he hired a company called Propellerheads Aerial Photography to shoot some footage. After releasing a video of the ceremony, the Federal Aviation Administration launched an investigation into the incident, saying the use of the aircraft was not authorized. Meanwhile, Vogue launched an investigation into whether drones were the next big wedding trend.