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

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

"In order to create a real and lifelike version of the snowboarder with more than 1,200 drones, our animation team used a photo of a real snowboarder in action to get the flawless outline and shape in the sky", says Natalie Cheung, Intel's general manager of drone light shows.

If you were watching the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea yesterday then you might have noticed a swarm of Intel-made drones lighting up the night sky at various points - and those intelligent packs of drones broke a Guinness World Record along the way. It features built-in LED lights able to create over 4 billion color combinations.

These drones are the handy work of Intel.




Kicking off the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, viewers from around the globe were treated to a record-breaking light show during the opening ceremony that surpassed Intel's previous record of 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany in 2016.

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. Computer software is used to coordinate where each drone flies, and whether it is lit up. International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said Saturday that the drones were not deployed Friday night because of an "impromptu logistical change". The athletes, dignitaries, and spectators at the stadium in Pyeongchang never got to see the drone show. After all the planning, the actual programming of the drones is fairly fast, taking just 10 or 15 minutes before they're ready to fly.

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