Intel's drones broke a world record at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Intel's drones broke a world record at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Last night was the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"The Olympics are a time when the sports and entertainment industries are buzzing with record-setting performances, so it was the flawless stage for Intel Shooting Star drones and our team to set their own kind of record", said Intel's Natalie Cheung in a press statement. "With drones, you have the ability to fly programmable lights in the city with precision".

Intel's drones-which each weigh a little more than half a pound-have flown above crowds in Singapore, at the Super Bowl last weekend in the shape of the American flag, and at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles a year ago in the shape of the Wonder Woman logo.

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The fleet of drones is overseen by a single pilot. According to Wired, which talked to the company about its performance, Intel will produce live drone shows throughout the Olympics and will have nightly shows during medal ceremonies.

The Intel Shooting Star drones are a type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specifically designed for entertainment purposes, equipped with LED lights that can create countless color combinations and easily be programmed for any animation.

"We are honored to have Intel drones playing several roles at the Olympic Games", Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager of Intel Drone Group, said in a news release. The added numbers just increase the resolution and quality of the image.

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NBC aired a light show, but it was from Intel's launching of 1,280 drones in December in Pyeongchang.

Intel's drones can fly for around 20 minutes and of course, exterior factors, such as crosswinds and low temperatures can affect the overall flight time.

While the scale of the Olympics drone show was unprecedented and surely magical to watch, the slightly less sexy fine print is that it was a prerecorded performance, mainly to avoid the harsh weather conditions expected during the opening ceremony.

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These drones are the handy work of Intel.

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