Intel's drone light show breaks world records at Olympics

Kyodo  Newscom

Kyodo Newscom

Last night was the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The record-breaking segment shown at the ceremony was actually pre-recorded, and featured a total of 1,218 drones flying together in sync, more than ever before.

The Winter Olympics' first-ever drone light show has earned Intel the title from Guinness World Records for the "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously".

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

If you missed the live stream of Intel's drone show, you can catch it again tonight on NBC or on the YouTube video below for as long as that will be up.

Intel holds the current record after 500 drones were flown simultaneously for a light show in Krailling, Germany, on October 7, the spokeswoman said.

"The Olympics are a time when the sports and entertainment industries are buzzing with record-setting performances, so it was the ideal 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. Everything is managed from a central computer system, which coordinates the drones on the fly based on things like individual battery life and GPS signal.

These drones are the handy work of Intel.

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. They can be easily programmed for any animation.

"We are honored to have Intel drones playing several roles at the Olympic Games", said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel Drone Group.

"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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