The Olympics Opening Ceremony Drone Present Is Simply So Rattling Spectacular

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This time around it included a light show performance from Intel that used a record-setting 1,218 drones, all flying in sync to create imagery including the interlocking Olympic rings and sports events like snowboarding.

US viewers tuned in to a tape-delayed broadcast on Friday night that showed rehearsal footage from December, when Intel's light show broke the Guinness World Record for flying the most drones, 1,280, simultaneously.

The synchronized flight of 1,218 Intel Shooting Star drones broke Intel's previous record of 500 drones, flown simultaneously in Germany in 2016.

"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 Shooting Star light show was pre-recorded, just like Lady Gaga's American flag, but that's because Pyeongchang can get very cold and very windy.

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

"I was extremely impressed by the drone light show at the Olympics opening ceremony", said Lee Jae-yeon, a 29-year-old South Korean female office worker in Seoul, who watched the opening ceremony via television on Friday. Finally like transformers in the sky, then changed again to form the intersecting Olympic Rings.

Each of Intel's foam and plastic drones is equipped with LED lights that can create more than 4 billion color combos. 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. What an wonderful way to display just how far drone technology has come in the last few years. "I think Korea could have taken better advantage of the opportunity to promote its own, homegrown tech".

"It's in essence technology meeting art", says Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel's drone group to Wired.

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