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Thousands of drones used for light show during Olympics opening ceremony
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Thousands of drones used for light show during Olympics opening ceremony

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Thousands of drones used for light show during Olympics opening ceremony

Interested in Olympics? Add Olympics as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Olympics news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Intel designed and developed custom animations for the opening ceremony and nightly victory ceremony performances, which include animations of different sports and various Olympic-related logos including the formation of the iconic Olympic rings.

The record-breaking light show surpasses Intel’s previous record of 500 drones flown at one time in Germany in 2016.

The Shooting Star light show was pre-recorded, just like Lady Gaga’s American flag, but that’s because Pyeongchang can get very cold and very windy.

Final preparations are under way at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea on February 8, 2018, a day before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Intel will also be showing a 300-drone live performance each night at the medal ceremony as well, giving attendees plenty of chances to see the drones in person at the Olympic games.

“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”.

“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 changed our operations so that we had literally minutes for us to bring the drones outside the temperature-controlled room into the fields so we could fly”. 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.

While the scale of the Olympics drone show was unprecedented and surely magical to watch, the slightly less sexy fine print is that it was a prerecorded performance, mainly to avoid the harsh weather conditions expected during the opening ceremony.

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