Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones

Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones

"It's been exciting for us to partner with Intel on the Winter Olympics, as they continue to push the limits with their advanced drone light show technologies", said Sam Prosser, commercial director EMEA APAC Guinness World Records.

Intel will also be showing a 300-drone live performance each night at the medal ceremony as well, giving attendees plenty of chances to see the drones in person at the Olympic games. An Intel spokeswoman did not say why the show was scratched.

Intel is the official drone partner of the Olympics. In another part of the taped segment, they will align to resemble a huge bird that's flapping its wings.

Intel's robotic fireflies are quadcopters that weigh 12 ounces, or as much as a can of soda, and are equipped with an array of LED lights. Pyeongchang was chosen in 2011 for the event, making this the first time for South Korea to host the Winter Olympics. One human employee, dubbed the pilot, hits a button on a computer to launch the automated show.

Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones
Drone Light Shows Powered by Intel

As impressive as the drone performance might be, Intel isn't done.

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

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

Like the drones that flew at Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show, the record-breaking 1,218-drone flight wasn't live at the opening ceremony - it was pre-recorded in advance - although a smaller group of 300 drones did make a live appearance at the ceremony. The drone performance hasn't aired yet in the US because of time zone differences.

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