Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones

Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones

The feat was a Guinness World Record for drones used in a performance. "More than 1,200 drones", the Santa Clara, California-based company tweeted. Intel designed and developed custom animations for the opening ceremony and nightly victory ceremony performances, which include animations of different sports and various Olympic-related logos including the formation of the iconic Olympic rings.

And because the drones rely on lithium-ion batteries that don't always do well in the bitter cold during PyeongChang winters, Intel intc tested the drones in Finland to evaluate their performance under similar conditions.

"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.

Intel is among the corporate sponsors for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang that are taking the opportunity to promote its products and services before the global audience.

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Art and drone technology came together at this year's 2018 Winter Olympics Opening ceremony, breaking the record for most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously. All the drones for the shows are controlled by one computer and one drone pilot.

Intel's Shooting Star drones are created to put on a synchronized show. Each one of the drones weighed approximately eight ounces and averaged a 20-minute flight time. The drones were able to coordinate using a combination of precise coding and four billion color combination enabled by onboard LEDs.

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

The opening ceremony showed the unification of countries by lighting up the sky with drones and fireworks. You might remember a similar spectacle at Lady Gaga's 2017 Super Bowl half-time show, but that only involved about 300 drones.

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