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

Katrina Barker
February 11, 2018

More than 1,200 drones lit up the sky at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.

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.

"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.

Intel pre-taped the flock of drones on a Korean ski slope in December.

"And while more drones does provide a broader canvas, it perhaps more importantly affords a better sense of depth". Everything is managed from a central computer system, which coordinates the drones on the fly based on things like individual battery life and GPS signal.

The opening ceremony showed the unification of countries by lighting up the sky with drones and fireworks.

While the drone performance did play a major part in giving the PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremony a major tech spin, some South Koreans expressed regret that the foundational technology came from a foreign company. "One wonderful show. See how our drone team pulled off a Guinness World Records title for the Opening Ceremony". Each drone has onboard LED lights that light up in 4 billion color combinations to create any shape and color combination possible.

"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.

But during Friday's evening broadcast, Intel will also organize the drones to resemble a snowboarder racing down a slope.

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

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