Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Intel 1200-Drone Light Show Opens Olympics, Breaks Record

Intel 1200-Drone Light Show Opens Olympics, Breaks Record

Intel used more than 1,200 Shooting Star drones in a first-ever drone light show that also set a Guinness World Record for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously, according to the company.

"One incredible show. See how our drone team pulled off a Guinness World Records title for the Opening Ceremony".

The technology firm claimed the record with a display of 1,218 drones, surpassing Intel's previous record of 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany in 2016.

A global audience was wowed as the fleet of drones formed a variety of custom vibrant animations, from the iconic Olympic rings through to a sporting figures.

While light shows might not be the reason most of us got into the field of recreational drone piloting, they certainly impress upon us how rapidly technology is advancing and what we, the consumers, may be able to access at some point in the future.

The drones, which each weigh slightly more than a volleyball, are equipped with LED lights that can be programmed for animation and create more than 4 billion color combinations in the sky.

The drone light show treated thousands of Olympics attendees at the opening event, but Intel promised it will not be the last.

The Olympic-related achievement is one in a series of drone developments from Intel.

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

But there really is no bigger stage than the Olympics, and the event also provided the team at Intel with some new challenges to overcome, not least the very cold temperatures in PyeongChang.

Controlled by a single pilot and computer, Intel's lightweight Shooting Star drones are specifically designed for entertainment.

"We are honoured to have Intel drones playing several roles at the Olympic Games", said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel Drone Group.

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