Drones set a Guinness World Record at the Winter Olympics

12 February, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Julian Harrison
  • Drones set a Guinness World Record at the Winter Olympics

Like the drones that flew at Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show, the record-breaking 1,218-drone flight wasn't live at the opening ceremony - it was pre-recorded in advance - although a smaller group of 300 drones did make a live appearance at the ceremony. As more and more resources are invested in drone technology companies are eager to showcase some of the latest novelty and technical uses that drones could offer.

The Winter Olympics 2018, taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, kicked off with a pre-recorded dramatic spectacle of 1,218 drones forming the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony. Intel holds the current record after 500 drones were flown simultaneously for a light show in Krailling, Germany, on October 7., the spokeswoman said.

According to Wired, the LED-lighted, foot-long quadcopters were guided into their by Intel's Shooting Star platform.

Evans told USA TODAY that the International Olympic Committee requested they scale back the number of drones for the live drone light show, and Intel agreed.

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.




The drones are controlled through an automated software program, though they do have one pilot for backup, Intel said.

The drone show was prepared by Intel and its Shooting Star drone technology that allows fleets of drones to be programmed, assembled and operated to create unique, choreographed images.

Intel is the official drone partner of the Olympic games.

As stated by Natalie Cheung, Intel's general manager of drone light shows, "In order to create a real and lifelike version of the snowboarder with more than 1,200 drones, our animation team used a photo of a real snowboarder in action to get the ideal outline and shape in the sky".

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