Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones

Randolph Lopez
February 11, 2018

The drone show was prepared by Intel and its Shooting Star drone technology that allows fleets of drones to be programmed, assembled and operated to create unique, choreographed images.

That's a Guinness World Record for the most unmanned drones flown simultaneously, beating the previous record of 500 in Germany in 2016.

"In order to create a real and lifelike version of the snowboarder with more than 1,200 drones, our animation team used a photo of a real snowboarder in action to get the flawless outline and shape in the sky", says Natalie Cheung, Intel's general manager of drone light shows.

"And while more drones does provide a broader canvas, it perhaps more importantly affords a better sense of depth".

The Olympic rings, a symbol of the games for more than 100 years, will receive a high-tech presentation at Friday's opening ceremony.

Each of Intel's foam and plastic drones is equipped with LED lights that can create more than 4 billion color combos.

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The performance requires three employees to monitor the drones, and Olympic volunteers to help set them up.

There might be an asterisk in the record book, however: The show didn't actually take place at today's opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea.

"Since fireworks in the seventh or eighth century, there has been no alternative option", Anil Nanduri, the vice president and general manager of Intel's drone division, told AdWeek.

Intel's drones can fly for around 20 minutes and of course, exterior factors, such as crosswinds and low temperatures can affect the overall flight time.

Despite the complexity of their routines, all of the drones used during an air show are controlled by a single computer and one drone pilot on the ground, according to Intel.

"We are excited to be part of the Olympic Movement to integrate Intel's innovative technologies to advance the Olympics Games experience for fans around the world".

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