Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Intel's Winter Olympics Light Show Featured A Record-Breaking 1218 Drones

As part of the opening ceremony (held at night), the skies were illuminated by a massive array of 1,200 drones. Intel designed and developed custom animations for the opening ceremony and nightly victory ceremony performances, which include animations of different sports and various Olympic-related logos including the formation of the iconic Olympic rings. The intention is for the drones, hovering about 400 feet off the ground near the stadium, to wow the Olympic Stadium crowd with light-beamed illustrations of Olympic rings, a peace dove and other images. Intel says the Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the 1,218-drone performance as setting the record for "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously".

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.

US 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.

Each of Intel's foam and plastic drones is equipped with LED lights that can create more than 4 billion color combos.

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Following the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony, Intel ran a 30-second ad spot featuring the power of Intel Shooting Star drones and their unique entertainment possibilities. "One awesome show. See how our drone team pulled off a Guinness World Records title for the Opening Ceremony".

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.

Previously, South Korea's PyeongChang Olympics Organizing Committee has pledged to make the Olympics an "ICT Olympics" that highlights Korea's technological prowess on diverse fronts, be it the next-generation 5G network or robotics.

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