Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Features Light Display with 1218 Drones

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Features Light Display with 1218 Drones

And they did it in style.

Drones fly to make the Olympic rings. 1,218 of Intel's Shooting Star drones created yet another record-breaking display as they featured in the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony.

"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 flawless outline and shape in the sky", says Natalie Cheung, Intel's general manager of drone light shows. The lights used for the opening ceremony will be bolstered by nightly victory ceremony performances, which include animations of different sports and various Olympic-related logos.

"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 flawless outline and shape in the sky", claimed Intel's general manager of drone light shows, Natalie Cheung.

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"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".

You have probably seen Intel's drones before as they were part of Lady Gaga's SuperBowl show in 2017, and more recently we saw them in Las Vegas at CES 2018.

The 1,200 pre-programmed drones then repositioned to form the shape of a massive snowboarder in the sky, paying respect to one of the most famous sports in the Winter Olympics.

Each drone weighs about as much as a volleyball and is fitted with LEDs that can beam any shape with 4 billion color combinations.

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"The Olympics is all about pushing boundaries", Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel's Drone Group told CNN Tech.

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

"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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