Intel's drone light show breaks all records at 2018 Winter Olympics

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The previous record for "most drones flown simultaneously" was also set by Intel's Shooting Star fleet. 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".

For the Olympic show, Intel's drones were programmed to paint the sky with colorful imagery, including the 3-D outline of a snowboarder that morphed into the Olympic rings.

"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. 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.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked-off in Pyeongchang, South Korea yesterday, and like any Olympics event, it began with a big, flashy opening ceremony. NBC tweeted on its official @NBCOlympics page: "A swarm of drones brings us one of the most incredible sights of the #OpeningCeremony". Each drone has onboard LED lights that light up in 4 billion color combinations to create any shape and color combination possible.

Per a report in Wired, while the scale of this year's show is certainly impressive, from a software perspective, it's more or less the same logistics as running smaller, 300-drone shows.

Intel takes entertainment to new heights with spectacular drone performance during the opening ceremony.

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These drones are the handy work of Intel.

The International Olympic Committee said it was this footage that was used.

"We are excited to be part of the Olympic Movement to integrate Intel's innovative technologies to advance the Olympics Games experience for fans around the world".

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