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

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If you were watching the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea yesterday then you might have noticed a swarm of Intel-made drones lighting up the night sky at various points - and those intelligent packs of drones broke a Guinness World Record along the way. Intel holds the current record after 500 drones were flown simultaneously for a light show in Krailling, Germany, on October 7., the spokeswoman said.

"And while more drones does provide a broader canvas, it perhaps more importantly affords a better sense of depth".

"We are honored to have Intel drones playing several roles at the Olympic Games", Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager of Intel Drone Group, said in a news release. According to Wired, which earlier reported on the performance, 1,218 drones were flying at the same time-a record for any drone show.

Using Intel's 3-D animator tools and simulation software, the company choreographed the flight patterns and coded the drones to display a fraction of their possible 4 billion color combinations.

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Despite the complexity of their routines, all of the drones used during an air show are controlled by a single computer and one drone pilot on the ground, according to Intel.

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. "However, that was not the case, which was pretty disappointing", she said. The highly-anticipated sports event featured a surprise appearance from a pop star and with drones that lit up the sky during the kick-off.

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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