Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Intel's Winter Olympics Light Show Featured A Record-Breaking 1218 Drones

Intel's Winter Olympics Light Show Featured A Record-Breaking 1218 Drones

"It's something that we wanted to integrate that experience into the Olympics on a daily occasion, because not everyone is going to be at the opening ceremony, and we want to give everyone in Korea a chance to see these shows", said Natalie Cheung, the general manager for Intel's drone light shows.

Several hours before the start of the ceremony, Intel chief strategy officer Aicha Evans told USA TODAY that they planned to launch 300 drones during the tail-end of the ceremony.

The Winter Olympics' first-ever drone light show has earned Intel the title from Guinness World Records for the "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously". An Intel spokeswoman did not say why the show was scratched. In another part of the taped segment, they will align to resemble a huge bird that's flapping its wings.

Each of Intel's foam and plastic drones is equipped with LED lights that can create more than 4 billion color combos.

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games is being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9 to 25.

"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 is controlled by one computer and one pilot.

According to Wired, which earlier reported on the performance, 1,218 drones were flying at the same time-a record for any drone show.

The tech company is planning daily drone performances for attendees throughout the Winter Games that will last for three to five minutes, weather permitting. It's now executed 160 shows - from Singapore's 2017 National Day Parade to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas - in more than 10 countries. The performance also surpassed the 300-drone salute that was pre-recorded with Lady Gaga for Super Bowl LI previous year. The drones swirled above Gaga and took the shape of the US flag as she sung God Bless America.

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