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Intel's drone light show breaks all records at 2018 Winter Olympics

Record-breaking drone show lights up Winter Olympics opening ceremony Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones
Doris Mccormick | 11 February, 2018, 03:38

According to AdWeek, Intel broke its own world record for the number of drones used with 1,218, and the idea of the performance was to enthrall.

For the Olympic show, Intel's drones were programmed to paint the sky with colorful imagery, including a 3-D picture of a snowboarder that morphed into the Olympic rings.

The Intel drone light show team produces a performance for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, featuring more than 1,200 Intel Shooting Star drones.

If you missed the live stream of Intel's drone show, you can catch it again tonight on NBC or on the YouTube video below for as long as that will be up.

To pull off the performance, Intel shipped all of the equipment to South Korea in late October and early November for a December flight.

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Intel's robotic fireflies are quadcopters that weigh 12 ounces, or as much as a can of soda, and are equipped with an array of LED lights. Hot of the back of a drone display at CES in Las Vegas, they are using the drone displays to begin conversations about their technology and are even showing off the future of connectivity with a 5G demonstration at the Olympics Winter Games.

"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.

"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 fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot. Unfortunately the drone performance wasn't a live part of the opening ceremony, instead it was pre-recorded due to concerns over Pyeongchang's cold and windy weather conditions.

Per a report in Wired, while the scale of this year's show is certainly impressive, from a software perspective, it's more or less the same logistics as running smaller, 300-drone shows.

In addition, its drones were featured in a pre-taped segment for the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Lady Gaga.

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