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Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1218 drones

12 February 2018

More than 1,200 drones were on display at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea-and they delivered an outstanding performance. The drones themselves were just a foot long and weighed eight ounces, but thanks to Intel's Shooting Star service, which controls the drones in unison, more than a thousand can take to the sky to create visual experiences. You can read an in-depth explanation of how Intel made everything work, setting a record for the "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously", here.

For the Olympic show, Intel's drones were programmed to paint the sky with colorful imagery, including a 3-D picture of a snowboarder that morphed into the Olympic rings.

"And while more drones does provide a broader canvas, it perhaps more importantly affords a better sense of depth". Finally like transformers in the sky, then changed again to form the intersecting Olympic Rings.

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This convergence of technology and art broke records according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

In addition to the opening ceremony, the drones will be used throughout the games, creating light-filled formations every night from February 10 to February 24 during the nightly victory ceremonies.

"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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Tis the season. The Winter Olympics have begun, a long-awaited time period where athletes from all over the world, from countless countries, come together to compete for a gold medal and a place in history. Previously held by Intel's high water mark of 500 drones flying together in 2016, the 1,218 drone flight will be a historic one. The drones were able to coordinate using a combination of precise coding and four billion color combination enabled by onboard LEDs.

Looks like it's gold for Team Drone.

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