The Olympics opening rite is at all times a large show, and this yr was once no exception, with Intel becoming a member of in at the a laugh with a record-setting efficiency of one,218 Shooting Star drones flying in sync to create large light-up photographs of Olympic sports activities and the enduring Olympic rings within the skies over Pyeongchang.
Like the drones that flew at Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show, the record-breaking 1,218-drone flight wasn’t reside on the opening rite — it was once pre-recorded upfront — even if a smaller crew of 300 drones did make a reside look on the rite.
Intel may also be appearing a 300-drone reside efficiency each and every night time on the medal rite as smartly, so attendees may have quite a few possibilities to look the drones in particular person on the video games.
Per a file in Wired, whilst the size of this yr’s show is no doubt spectacular, from a instrument viewpoint, it’s kind of the similar logistics as operating smaller, 300-drone presentations. The added numbers simply build up the solution and high quality of the picture. Everything is controlled from a central pc device, which coordinates the drones at the fly in line with such things as particular person battery existence and GPS sign. Intel did must make some minor tweaks to the designs of the drones’ rotor cages to catch up on the chillier and windier prerequisites in Pyeongchang. The corporate even ran exams within the similarly cold Finland to be sure that the aerial fleet may grasp up.
According to Intel (and the Guinness Book of World Records), the 1,218-drone flight set a listing for “most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously,” greater than doubling Intel’s earlier prime water mark of 500 drones flying in combination in a efficiency in Germany in 2016.