Winter Olympics and Intel's record setting drone show

Posted February 11, 2018

More than 1,200 drones were on display at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea-and they delivered an outstanding performance.

The drone show was prepared by Intel and its Shooting Star drone technology that allows fleets of drones to be programmed, assembled and operated to create unique, choreographed images.

Intel celebrated breaking a Guinness World Record for the most drones flown simultaneously by tweeting a link to the video.

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"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". The intention is for the drones, hovering about 400 feet off the ground near the stadium, to wow the Olympic Stadium crowd with light-beamed illustrations of Olympic rings, a peace dove and other images.

"And while more drones does provide a broader canvas, it perhaps more importantly affords a better sense of depth".

One of those practice runs, in December, presumably involved the record-setting 1,218 drones. It features built-in LED lights able to create over 4 billion color combinations.

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This drone swarm kicked off a sequence of events where snowboarders wearing illuminated clothing as they carved up the mountain.

In addition to the drone show for the opening ceremony, Intel designed and developed custom animations keyed to different sports for the Olympics' nightly victory ceremonies.

Thousands of glittering drones filled the night skies of PyeongChang at the tech-savvy 2018 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on Friday, impressing Olympic viewers worldwide. "But still, I do think the drone performance itself was very impressive".

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"The Olympics is all about pushing boundaries", Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel's Drone Group told CNN Tech. "Not unlike the athletes competing in the events, we continue to push to innovate and develop the drone technologies that inspire people all over the world".