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Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1218 drones

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Andrew Cummings | 11 February, 2018, 05:16

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles themselves are fitted with LED lights to produce a virtually unlimited number of color combinations, with each 384mm x 384mm (15.1 inch x 15.1 inch) quadcopter weighing in at 330g (0.73lbs). The video kicks off with drones, against the night sky, lighting up in the form of a snowboarder.

In fact, the tech giant launched 1,280 of its drones in December in Pyeongchang and pre-recorded the light show that aired on NBC's tape-delayed broadcast in the United States.

Thousands of Intel's drones light up the sky in the shape of the iconic Olympic rings during the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony held in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, Friday.

Intel's drones can fly for around 20 minutes and of course, exterior factors, such as crosswinds and low temperatures can affect the overall flight time.

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"I was extremely impressed by the drone light show at the Olympics opening ceremony", said Lee Jae-yeon, a 29-year-old South Korean female office worker in Seoul, who watched the opening ceremony via television on Friday. Computer software is used to coordinate where each drone flies, and whether it is lit up.

"We are honored to have Intel drones playing several roles at the Olympic Games", Anil Nanduri, the VP and general manager of Intel Drone Group, said in a statement.

"Through this close collaboration with the Olympic family, we will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world's largest athletic stage". The fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot. Unfortunately the drone performance wasn't a live part of the opening ceremony, instead it was pre-recorded due to concerns over Pyeongchang's cold and windy weather conditions. You might remember a similar spectacle at Lady Gaga's 2017 Super Bowl half-time show, but that only involved about 300 drones. The drone performance hasn't aired yet in the US because of time zone differences.

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