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The Olympics Opening Ceremony Drone Present Is Simply So Rattling Spectacular

The Olympics Opening Ceremony Drone Present Is Simply So Rattling Spectacular

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 Intel Shooting Star drone is a quadcopter that weighs 330 grams, and is constructed with a soft frame made of flexible plastics and foam. Images of the December rehearsal show the "Shooting Star" drones lighting up the sky with Olympic rings, a snowboarder and a dove.

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

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. As part of the opening ceremony (held at night), the skies were illuminated by a massive array of 1,200 drones.

The feat was a Guinness World Record for drones used in a performance.

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Intel's Shooting Star drones are created to put on a synchronized show.

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked-off in Pyeongchang, South Korea yesterday, and like any Olympics event, it began with a big, flashy opening ceremony.

Despite the complexity of their routines, all of the drones used during an air show are controlled by a single computer and one drone pilot on the ground, according to Intel. The drones were able to coordinate using a combination of precise coding and four billion color combination enabled by onboard LEDs.

Intel is the official drone partner of the Olympic games. The performance also surpassed the 300-drone salute that was pre-recorded with Lady Gaga for Super Bowl LI a year ago.

"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.


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