Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones

Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones

Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones

According to Wired, which talked to the company about its performance, Intel will produce live drone shows throughout the Olympics and will have nightly shows during medal ceremonies.

But Intel makes other types of drones for more traditional applications such as aerial photography and inspections, as well as the software platforms to go with them.

The Olympics opening ceremony is always a big show, and this year was no exception, with Intel joining in on the fun with a record-setting performance of 1,218 Shooting Star drones flying in sync to create huge light-up images of Olympic sports and the iconic Olympic rings in the skies over Pyeongchang. The fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot. 1,218 of them to be precise.

"The Olympics are a time when the sports and entertainment industries are buzzing with record-setting performances, so it was the ideal stage for Intel Shooting Star drones and our team to set their own kind of record", said Natalie Cheung, general manager of Intel's drone light show team. This system allows large numbers of unmanned quadcopters to fly in a prescribed way.

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

The Shooting Star light show was pre-recorded, just like Lady Gaga's American flag, but that's because Pyeongchang can get very cold and very windy. As part of the opening ceremony (held at night), the skies were illuminated by a massive array of 1,200 drones.

But during Friday's evening broadcast, Intel will also organize the drones to resemble a snowboarder racing down a slope.

The demonstrations are a significant advancement from Intel's earliest drone light shows, which began in 2016. We would greatly appreciate it, if you would consider the offers of our advertisers or would buy your next drone or drone accessories through one of our partners such as DJI, Parrot, Yuneec or retailers such as Amazon, B&H, BestBuy or eBay.

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