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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

Intel planned for an ornate light display involving drones at the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on Friday, but the company had some trouble getting its show off the ground.

USA 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. Once in the air they fly in harmony and create spectacular three-dimensional shapes such as a moving snowboarder or the famous interlocking Olympic rings. Wired explains it nicely: "After animators draw up the show using 3-D design software, each individual drone gets assigned to act as a kind of aerial pixel, filling in the 3-D image against the night sky". "We knew we'd need to understand the wind - it's very windy up here, and we had to understand the impact of the (cold) temperature".

The Winter Olympics rehearsal surpassed Intel's 2016 Guinness World Record of 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany.

"During the Ceremony, POCOG made the decision to not go ahead with the show because there were too many spectators standing in the area where the live drone show was supposed to take place", according to a statement from the Olympic organizing committee, Recode reported.




"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.

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 colour combinations and easily be programmed for any animation. What an fantastic way to display just how far drone technology has come in the last few years.

"The Olympics is all about pushing boundaries", Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel's Drone Group told CNN Tech.


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