Drones set a Guinness World Record at the Winter Olympics

Cesar Mills
February 11, 2018

Last-minute "impromptu logistical changes" kept Intel from performing its 1,200 drone light show during the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Once in the air they fly in harmony and create spectacular three-dimensional shapes such as a moving snowboarder or the famous interlocking Olympic rings.

Intel's drones-which each weigh a little more than half a pound-have flown above crowds in Singapore, at the Super Bowl last weekend in the shape of the American flag, and at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles past year in the shape of the Wonder Woman logo. The fleet is controlled by one computer and one pilot.

Intel's robotic fireflies are quadcopters that weigh 12 ounces, or as much as a can of soda, and are equipped with an array of LED lights. The added numbers just increase the resolution and quality of the image. Wired explains it nicely: "After animators draw up the show using 3-D design software, each individual drone gets assigned to act as a kind of aerial pixel, filling in the 3-D image against the night sky".

There might be an asterisk in the record book, however: The show didn't actually take place at today's opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea. "From flying 100 drones simultaneously in 2015, to 500 drones in 2016, and now more than 1,000 drones - the sky is the limit with entertaining through Intel drone light shows".

Drones set a Guinness World Record at the Winter Olympics

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.

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According to AdWeek, Intel broke its own world record for the number of drones used with 1,218, and the idea of the performance was to enthrall.

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