Published: Sat, February 10, 2018

Intel breaks record, again with Winter Olympics light show featuring 1218 drones

Intel breaks record, again with Winter Olympics light show featuring 1218 drones

The drones themselves were just a foot long and weighed eight ounces, but thanks to Intel's Shooting Star service, which controls the drones in unison, more than a thousand can take to the sky to create visual experiences. However, the company is planning on doing smaller-scale, 300-drone shows during the medal ceremonies and it has tweaked the Shooting Star's design a little in order to accommodate South Korea's weather conditions. An Intel spokeswoman did not say why the show was scratched.

The drone performance was put on by Intel, which has been delivering similarly impressive drone-based light performances over the last few years. In another part of the taped segment, they will align to resemble a huge bird that's flapping its wings.

Each drone weighs about as much as a volleyball and is fitted with LEDs that can beam any shape with 4 billion color combinations.

Drones fly to make the Olympic rings.


"Through this close collaboration with the Olympic family, we will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world's largest athletic stage".

The performance requires three employees to monitor the drones, and Olympic volunteers to help set them up. All the drones for the shows are controlled by one computer and one drone pilot.

Intel, which believes its drones could one day replace fireworks, tested its drones in Finland to prepare for the cold temperatures in Pyeongchang.

In fact, the tech giant launched 1,280 of its drones in December in Pyeongchang and pre-recorded the light show that aired on NBC's tape-delayed broadcast in the United States. You might remember a similar spectacle at Lady Gaga's 2017 Super Bowl half-time show, but that only involved about 300 drones. The drone performance hasn't aired yet in the USA because of time zone differences.

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