Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1218 drones

Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1218 drones

Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1218 drones

Art and drone technology came together at this year's 2018 Winter Olympics Opening ceremony, breaking the record for most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously. The record-setting performance included intel's 1,218 shooting star drones flying in sync to create a stunning Olympic-rings over the skies in Pyeongchang. The video kicks off with drones, against the night sky, lighting up in the form of a snowboarder.

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

An army of high-flying drones expected to light up the sky at the opening ceremony of the Olympics was grounded.

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.

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Unfortunately, the spectacle was pre-recorded, but do not worry, Intel will also be showing a 300 drone live performance during each of the medal ceremonies.

"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. "We needed to make sure the batteries were warm enough so the drones could fly".

Intel is among the corporate sponsors for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang that are taking the opportunity to promote its products and services before the global audience. 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. "But still, I do think the drone performance itself was very impressive".

Each drone weighs about as much as a volleyball and is fitted with LEDs that can beam any shape with 4 billion color combinations.

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