What Happened With Intel's Opening Ceremony Drone Light Show?

11 February, 2018, 05:16 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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USA viewers tuned in to a tape-delayed broadcast on Friday night that showed rehearsal footage from December, when Intel's light show broke the Guinness World Record for flying the most drones, 1,280, simultaneously.

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

"As it turns out, bring 1,218 of those drones into harmony doesn't present much more of a logistical challenge than 300, thanks to how the Shooting Star platform works".

We've seen these Shooting Star drones from Intel in action several times before, and their latest outing is part of a deal between Intel and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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"And while more drones does provide a broader canvas, it perhaps more importantly affords a better sense of depth". Still, 300 of them made a live appearance at the opening ceremony, forming the shape of the Olympic rings. Everything is managed from a central computer system, which coordinates the drones on the fly based on things like individual battery life and GPS signal.

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked-off in Pyeongchang, South Korea yesterday, and like any Olympics event, it began with a big, flashy opening ceremony.

For the remainder of the Olympic Games, Intel will have weather monitoring and air traffic stations determining whether the drone shows can go ahead, Wired reports.

As impressive as the drone performance might be, Intel isn't done.

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The "record-breaking" claim isn't just for show, either. It features built-in LED lights able to create over 4 billion color combinations.

"The Olympics is all about pushing boundaries", Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel's Drone Group told CNN Tech.

"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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