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The Winter Olympics 2018 kicked off with a world-record breaking drone light show. The technology was developed by a company called Intel, who is the largest manufacturer of computer chips.
This show was created on Intel’s Shooting Star Platform. The platform enabled an army of 1,218 drones – quadcopters – to fly in synchronisation. The drones are about a foot-long and can fly in formation for up to 20 minutes. They have LED lights on board that shine light.
Animators behind the scenes choreographed the show and pre-programmed the path of the 1,218 drones. The drones swarmed into different formations such as the Olympic Rings and even produced the shape of a snowboarder. They displayed almost 4 billion colour combinations using the LEDs on board.
It was spectacular! A true meeting of technology and art. Intel plans to put up a 300-drone show that will perform at the medal ceremony each night too.